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EDITOR: PETER C. CHENOWETH - E-MAIL: p.chenoweth@comcast.net
WEBMASTER: JON D. EGGE - E-MAIL: jegge@chenowethsite.com

Texas Reunion is a callin�
By Lawra Duy (2010 Reunion hostess)

Howdy Ya�ll. (Yes, a Chenoweth could have coined that phrase)

Pioneers, soldiers, inventors, and musicians. Chenoweths have made their mark in Texas and now you have your chance! July 2010 is when the descendents of John and Mary, as well as other [DIRECTORS]Chenoweth lines, will gather again to celebrate their cousin-hood, friendships and long history of family in Dallas, TX.

Our 6th Biennial Chenoweth Family Reunion will formally begin on Thursday, July 22, with registration an afternoon breakout session entitled Genealogy 101 (this will be a round robin discussion facilitated by Dick Buchanan and with panelists of Greg Wulker, Pete Chenoweth, Joyce Weigand and Bev Buchanan). This will be followed by a Texas-sized welcome in the evening and a lecture by a renowned speaker from the Genealogical Speaker Guild. We�ll tie up that first evening with Texas Stories, Mysteries and Connections hosted by Joe Chenoweth of Allen and Terry Chenoweth of Ft Worth.

Friday we have a bused trip into downtown Dallas with 3 phenomenal stops. First, there will be time for individual research after a tour of the Dallas Main Library where the largest Genealogy collection in the Southwest is housed. Then you�ll have the choice to continue your research or be bused to the 6th Floor Museum or the Dallas Arts District (home of the Nasher Sculpture Garden, Dallas Museum of Art and the Crow Collection of Asian Art).

That�s just the first 2 days.

Saturday we�ll have tons to do back at our Reunion Hotel with family updates, the family photo (with our colorful tee shirts on), the general family meeting, time to gather and share family information and end the day with our family banquet and celebratory cake tradition.

Please be certain to register early for the Reunion by visiting the website of Chenoweth Family Org: Bill Chinworth, webmaster

This is where you�ll find all the information you will need to ensure your spot at this amazing event. [ more information below]

Forwarded by Alice Sanders

Helga �Bootz� F. Chenoweth, born 16 June 1907, in Partridge, Reno Co., KS to Herbert Leslie Chenoweth and Anna Generia Love, and passed away 30 Nov 1986, Hutchinson, Reno Co., KS. [great, great granddaughter of John Chenoweth IV of Washington Co., IN]. Helga was married to Loren J. Brown, 6 Sep 1931, Newton, Harvey Co., KS.

Not known for sure where picture was taken, but Hutchinson, KS would be a good bet.

Thoughts on Electronic Media Submitted by Cinda Justice as written by Roger Marble

Electronic media is nice until you try and access something only 4 years old in a format that cannot be read. A friend has been using an old word processor for years. Kept copies of all his correspondence and genealogy information on floppy disks. Never felt that he needed to go to the effort of getting a PC and learning how to make it work. Besides, he didn�t use the Internet anyway. Last month the word processor died. He cannot find a replacement unit. The floppies cannot be read by a PC. He has lost 100% of his information. There is a downside to being 100% electronic.

How many of us have a �migration plan� and follow it? Have you moved all your information off floppies to CD? What is your plan to ensure your data CDs can be read by the next operating system? Have you converted all your documents that you wrote using �Professional Write� or some other word processing program into TXT or RTF format?

When you do file transfers are you doing a 100% confirmation scan of the data to be sure the transfer did not introduce any problems? How soon will you be transferring your data off CD onto DVD? Or onto fixed media drive or Bubble memory? Remember it wasn�t that long ago that you couldn�t handle a CD in your computer? Do you expect current CD technology to be around in 5 or 10 years?

You do realize that there are a great number of Genealogical data CDs made just 5 years ago, that cannot be read in a new PC. Paper & Microfilm can always be read. Everything else is just as temporary as that state of the art Atari, Commodore or Apple I were.

Time at the Top

[PETE]Peter Clinton Chenoweth, Chairman

With reference to one of the Comments from the Clan the following article (23 Feb 2010) is reprinted with the permission of the author, Glynn Moore of the Augusta Chronicle. Getting income tax refund before you file is lucky

I've never been a lucky person -- not the type who wins raffles or finds four-leaf clovers -- and my unluckiness seems to rub off on those around me.

For instance, while standing in line to pay for my gasoline behind a bunch of people buying lottery tickets, I've never heard any of them shout: "Whoopee! I knew spending the baby's formula money on these tickets was the right thing to do, because I just won a hundred dollars!"

Nor was my wife any luckier at a Chinese restaurant recently when a fortune cookie coughed up a message that made her smile. "I need to go buy a lottery ticket," she said, "because good luck is headed my way." I pulled the slip of paper from her lucky fingers and read it. "What it says is, 'Luck is headed your way,' " I said. "That could be good luck -- or bad luck."

Her face fell. We never play the lottery anyway, and here was one more reason we would never get a shot at a million dollars. "I didn't think they were allowed to put neutral news in these cookies," she muttered. Despite everything, I remain optimistic. I can't tell you how good it feels to receive daily e-mails from African princes and the widows of businessmen who have way more money than they can legally bring into the United States and want to give me a chunk of it, if I'll just tell them my bank account number. In their time of need, they thought of me.

Other times, I get official notification that I have won various European lotteries. As a rule, I don't buy tickets in those lotteries, either, because, well, Europe is not on my drive home from work. Still, it's nice to know that the continent responsible for Napoleon, Mussolini and ABBA is thinking of me. I haven't tried to claim these riches because, unlike those folks who hand over their life savings to a stranger who promises even more money, I don't want something for nothing.

That's why I was pleasantly surprised to get an e-mail from the "Income Tax Department." A tax refund is simply my money handed back to me from my good friend, the government. I know, I know. A lot of you resent paying taxes, even though they fund potholes and other public amenities. By paying taxes, though, we're pooling our money for the common good. In effect, we all own those potholes. (There's a word for such a great system of government, but it escapes me at the moment.)

The recent e-mail, addressed to me by name ("Dear Applicant"), informed me: "After the last annual calculation of your fiscal activity we have determined you are eligible to receive a tax refund of 820.50 rupees." Imagine my delight. That sounds like a lot of money, although I have no idea how much a rupee goes for and didn't even know that our government counts it as legal tender.

The best part is, I haven't even filed my taxes yet. I am getting my refund in advance of filing. Those rupees already are burning a hole in my pocket. My luck has changed at last.


With thanks and appreciation to Dot Tucker-Houk of Maryland who makes much of this list possible each newsletter. Though we probably haven�t closed the book on 2009, we at present have only 41 reported deaths with the Chenoweth name in the Social Security listings. We would have to go back to 1982 to find a lower number. This might be the only good thing one could say about 2009. We are presently at a 93.3% identification rate with this nationwide listing. This fact tells us we really do have a good grip on who the Chenoweths are in America, regardless of spelling. We have 2 unidentified listings for 2009 and one presently for 2010. Anyone with knowledge of who these people are please contact us:

  • Betty L. Chaneyworth b: Mar 20, 1958 d: Jun 19, 2009 issued: AR res: Carlisle, AR
  • Jack Chenoweth b: Feb 20, 1929 d: Jan 13, 2010 SSA: 493-28-5513 issued: MO
  • Lillian Marie Chenoweth b: Apr 07, 1924 d: Oct 07, 2009 SSA: 235-24-4473 issued: WV res: South Lake Tahoe, CA

These notices reflect only a small portion of the actual family today, yet our sample like previous newsletter listings is broad based, including departed family members from 6 of the 7 known lines of the original family.

age 91 - BROWN9 McDONALD, JR. (BROWN8, GERUTIA CHENOWETH 'RUSH'7 REIP, EDITH AMANDA6 CHENOWETH, ROBERT T.5, JOHN4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born August 14, 1918 in Plattsburgh, Clinton Co., NY, and died August 26, 2009 in Oregon. He married DORIS MAE SAUERS September 13, 1945. She was born May 21, 1922 in Hazleton, Luzerne Co., PA, and died June 01, 2000 in Eugene, Lane Co., OR. � I met Brown at the 2004 reunion in Beaverton. He was a warm, wonderful gentleman. He brought a picture of his grandfather James Faris McDonald in his Civil War Union uniform. James married Gerutia Chenoweth Reip, the daughter of Amanda Chenoweth. The Reip line was researched by the late Luverne Harstine. The lines of Amanda�s father Robert are the oldest in the family.

age 59 - JANET LYNN10 BLAIR nee CHENOWETH (CHARLES BERNARD9, GENERAL ROBERT E. LEE8, MARSHALL7, JOHN KITTLE6, WILLIAM PUGH5, JOHN4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born September 16, 1950 in Elkins, Randolph Co., WV, and died February 04, 2010 in Parkersburg, Wood Co., WV. She married (1) WARREN LEWIS CROSS, JR. January 20, 1968. She married (2) MARVIN BLAIR September 16, 2000. � Janet is found on page 33 of the Harris book. The William Pugh lines have lived in Randolph Co., WV now for 217 years.

age 85 - HERB CLINTON ADAMS, was born March 26, 1924, and died December 12, 2009 in Washington . He married DOLORES MAE10 DICKINSON (FRANCES ELIZABETH9 KELLEY, ALBERT FREDERICK8, ELI7, RUTH6 CHENOWETH, WILLIAM PUGH5, JOHN4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1). - This line of Ruth�s Kelleys came to Washington State just after the turn of the 20th century from Missouri. Information from Francy Dickinson and the late Kathy Maki Kelley.

age 81 - GERALDINE CHENOWETH nee ARBOGAST, was born February 26, 1928 in Shaver's Run, Randolph Co., WV, and died December 31, 2009 in Elkins, Randolph Co., WV. She married March 21, 1987 in Warm Springs, Bath Co., VA WILLARD OWEN9 CHENOWETH (BEEBE8, MARSHALL7, JOHN KITTLE6, WILLIAM PUGH5, JOHN4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born October 17, 1920 in Elkins, Randolph Co., WV, and died June 01, 2002 in Randolph Co., WV. - Willard is found on page 35 of the Harris book. Geraldine was added by the research of the late Okey McQuain.

age 88 - MARGARET DOROTHY CHENOWETH nee LIPPERT, was born August 16, 1921 in Pennsylvania, and died February 06, 2010 in California. She married March 01, 1955 DONALD LEE9 CHENOWETH (FLOYD8, GEORGE WASHINGTON7, HICKMAN6, WILLIAM PUGH5, JOHN4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) He was born July 12, 1923 in Taylor Co., WV, and died March 28, 2007 in California. - Donald is found on page 43 of the Harris book and his wife Margaret was part of Pete�s early research.

age 59 - PAMELA NAPIER11 LEMON (FRANK HILL10, FRANK HILL9, VERINA JANE8 STALNAKER, SULLIVAN ISAAC7, ELI CHENOWETH6, MARY M.5 CHENOWETH, JOHN4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born October 14, 1949 in Salem, Marion Co., OR, and died July 09, 2009 in Richmond, VA. � This is the line of Mary�s Stalnakers, the largest of the many Stalnaker-Chenoweth ties found in Randolph Co. Information on Pamela is from Bev Rains and Pamula�s sister Donna Campagna.

age 82 - ELEANOR CHENOWETH nee McQUAIN, daughter of BLAIR McQUAIN and GLADYS BROCK, was born May 6, 1927 in Elkins, Randolph Co., WV, and died January 26, 2010 in North Carolina. She married BERNARD DICE9 CHENOWETH (ROY PERRY8, PERRY WEESE7, JOHN SKIDMORE 'JS'6, JEHU5, JOHN4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) He was born March 04, 1926 in Elkins, Randolph Co., WV, and died August 19, 2009 in North Carolina. - Bernard is found on page 72 of the Harris book. Eleanor was added by one of Dot�s obits. There were several marriages between the Chenoweth and McQuain families of Randolph Co.

age 92 - WILMA ETHEL9 LOGAN nee RATTRAY (WINNIE ETHEL8 MORGAN, CHAROLETTE SIMMONS7 CHENOWETH, GIDEON6, SAMUEL5, JONATHAN4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born July 18, 1917 in near Mayville, Gilliam Co., OR, and died December 19, 2009 in The Dalles, Wasco Co., OR. She married (1) AUDLEY KANOUSE. She married (2) BRYCE ELLIOTT LOGAN June 06, 1938 in Goldendale, Klickitat Co., WA. He was born March 08, 1915 in Portland, Multnomah Co., OR, and died May 27, 1988 in Portland, Multnomah Co., OR. � This is part of the family of Gideon that came to Oregon in the late 1800s and was so well researched by Greg Nelson.

age 52 - VICKIE LEE10 CHENOWETH (HARRY PAUL9, ARTHUR BENTLY 'BEN'8, WILLIAM SIEGAL7, WILLIAM HAYCRAFT6, JACOB VAN METER5, WILLIAM4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born October 23, 1957 in Ventura, Ventura Co., CA, and died February 14, 2010. - Vickie is found on page 89 of the Harris book. The family came from Minnesota to California in the early part of the 20th century.

age 98 - LUELLA VICTORIA8 GREGG nee CHENOWETH (CLARK BRADEN7, JOSEPH STEAVEN6, JAMES HACKLEY5, WILLIAM4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born July 28, 1911 in Perry, Noble Co., OK, and died December 11, 2009 in Perry, Noble Co., OK. She married (1) HAROLD EWY October 18, 1930 in Noble Co., OK, son of JOHANN EWY and SUSANNA BRUBACHER. He was born December 22, 1908 in Perry, Noble Co., OK, and died February 16, 1969 in Oklahoma. She married (2) C.O.'TINY' GREGG June 27, 1984. He was born June 03, 1913, and died January 29, 1991 in Oklahoma. - Luella is found on page 120 of the Harris book. The obit is from Roy Chasteen Kendrick who has discovered that he is in the midst of a number of Chenoweth descendant lines in the present day Noble Co., OK area.

age 91 - MINNIE MAY9 WINSLOW nee CHENOWETH (HUGH LEROY8, WILLIAM ALVA7, HEZEKIAH STITES6, CASPER5, WILLIAM S.4, JOHN3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born November 26, 1918 in Bunker Hill, Russell Co., KS, and died December 27, 2009 in Junction City, Geary Co., KS. She married LORAIN LEE WINSLOW July 16, 1942 in Laclede Co., MO. He was born January 18, 1908, and died January 10, 1974 - Minnie is found on page 515 of the Harris book, part of the misplaced lines of William S. who died in Allen Co., OH, Minnie�s grandfather, William Alva Chenoweth came to Kansas from Iowa in the 1870s.

age 87 - DOROTHY MARIE CHENOWETH nee MOORE, daughter of CLAUDE MOORE and EDITHA CURLESS, was born October 01, 1922 in Bluff City, Schuyler Co., IL, and died December 20, 2009 in Decatur, Macon Co., IL. She married August 23, 1942 in Kahoka, Clark Co., MO ARTHUR RAYMOND9 CHENOWETH, JR. (ARTHUR RAYMOND8, WILLIAM HARRISON 'SWELLY'7, ELIAS BIRDINE6, WILLIAM5, JOHN4, JOHN3, JOHN2, JOHN1). He was born March 07, 1921 in Peoria Co., IL, and died March 23, 1987 in Macon Co., IL. - Dorothy is found on page 174 of the Harris book. Her husband�s family, part of the large group of Fulton Co., IL Chenoweths from the 5th generation William, settled there from Washington Co., IN in the 1830s.

age 95 - LORENE CHENOWETH nee SWEAT, daughter of JACK SWEAT and LEORA BARKER, was born January 16, 1914 in Saline Co., IL, and died January 02, 2010 in Williamson Co., IL. She married September 13, 1933 HENRY ARTHUR8 CHENOWETH (SHERMAN GRANT7, JOSHUA6, JOHN K.5, JAMES4, JOHN3, JOHN2, JOHN1) He was born Abt. January 1909 in Texas, and died April 1995 in Williamson Co., IL. � Lorene�s father-in-law, Sherman Grant Chenoweth, was added in the Harris addendum as part of the family of Joshua. The line was misplaced from the times of Cora Hiatt and corrected by the will of James who died in Grant Co., IN, having come to Perry Co., OH with his 2 brothers, Absolom and Elias. Henry is found in the 1910 and 1920 Census of Saline Co. The obit of Lorene found by Dot has added her and her children into the file.

age 69 - CARL ERNEST11 BEUKE (LOIS VIRGINIA10 KREGER, HOWARD C.9, LUCINDA ELENORE 'LUCY'8 TICE, SARAH LOUISE7 SHIELDS, JOSHUA6, NANCY5 CHENOWETH, JAMES4, JOHN3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born August 21, 1939 in Oklahoma, and died June 07, 2009 � The line of Nancy Chenoweth who married Joshua Shields is believed to be part of the family of James of Perry Co., OH, though the only proof we have is Cora�s listing of the family among other children of James known to be his and misplaced in the same way. Vernon Beuke, Carl�s brother, signed-in this December, the first contact we have had with any of Nancy�s descendants, Sarah Louise Shield, Nancy�s granddaughter, went to Kansas in the 1880�s before ending up in Oklahoma.

age 88 - CLARA BELLE9 HARTER nee CHENOWETH (CLARENCE8, GEORGE WASHINGTON7, JOHN C.6, WILLIAM E.5, ELIAS4, JOHN3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born April 14, 1921 in Wells Co., IN, and died July 20, 2009 in Bluffton, Wells Co., IN. She married CHARLES LEWIS HARTER August 30, 1940. He was born July 28, 1917, and died August 27, 2007 in Indiana. - Clara is found on page 194 of the Harris book, descending from Elias, another of the Perry Co, sons of John(3) of Hampshire Co., VA. Like James, Elias moved to Indiana in the 1840s, settling in Jay Co. Descendants have been there ever since.

age 73 - DONNA MAE10 KRUM nee CHENOWETH (WENDEL FORREST9, JOSEPH ELLIS8, JOHN KING7, NELSON HENRY6, JOSEPH5, NICHOLAS4, JOHN3, RICHARD2, JOHN1) was born October 27, 1936 in Worden, Yellowstone Co., MT, and died December 15, 2009 in Montana. She married RAYMOND KRUM August 18, 1956. � Part of the Tennessee lines developed by the Harris book, Donna�s grandfather Joseph Ellis Chenoweth went to Montana in the 1910s. Joseph is found in the Harris book in the unknown section on page 618 listed as Joseph Lester. This was part of the family of Nelson Chenoweth. Pete�s research and developments since indicate that Nelson was part of the family of Dr Joseph Chenoweth and Lydia Bean.

age 80 - ROGER DAVID SANDERS was born December 21, 1928, and died November 21, 2009 in California. He married GUSSIE MAE8 CHENOWTH (CHARLES AUGUSTUS7, JOHN ADDISON 'GUS'6, JOHN AUGUSTUS5, NICHOLAS4, JOHN3, RICHARD2, JOHN1). She was born March 28, 1929 in New Mexico, and died December 27, 1977 in Santee, San Diego Co., CA. - Candace Chenowth Chase helped develop the family of Charles Augustus Chenowth as part of the family of John �Gus� Chenowth who came to the West as a young man settling in Arizona. Gussie was her aunt.

age 69 - MARY AGNES8 GLENN nee CHENOWTH (CHARLES AUGUSTUS7, JOHN ADDISON 'GUS'6, JOHN AUGUSTUS5, NICHOLAS4, JOHN3, RICHARD2, JOHN1) was born April 22, 1940, and died December 07, 2009 in California. She married HALLIE ALFRED GLENN. He was born January 03, 1944 in Muskogee, Muskogee Co., OK, and died January 24, 1977 in San Francisco, San Francisco Co., CA. � same comment as above.

age 72 - JO WILLA9 GRAHAM nee GARMAN (EARL CHENOWETH8, EFFIE LEE7 CHENOWETH, ISAAC NEWTON6, ARCHIBALD S.5, NICHOLAS4, JOHN3, RICHARD2, JOHN1) was born January 23, 1937 in Fairland, Ottawa Co., OK, and died December 22, 2009 in Tulsa, Tulsa Co., OK. She married ROY C. GRAHAM May 11, 1954 - David Dean Atkinson was a contributor to the Harris research. Dean gave me the continuation for this Garman branch that stems from the marriage of Effie Lee Chenoweth to James Rhodes 'Jim' Garman found in the Harris Book on page 275 as part of the Tennessee lines. Effie�s grandfather Archibald Chenoweth settled in Barren Co., KY, marrying there in 1840 and descendants still reside there today.

age 71 - JERRY LEE WILSON, was born March 16, 1938 in Harrison Co., WV, and died June 16, 2009 in White Sulphur Springs, Greenbrier Co., WV. He married April 07, 1965 RUTH ANN9 LEEDOM (HOMER ATLEE8, LILLIE7 DIMOND, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN6, LYDIA5 MORGAN, NANCY 'ANN'4 REES, ANN 'NANCY'3 CARTER, HANNAH2 CHENOWETH, JOHN1) � The sole listing for Hannah�s family in this issue, this continuation of the Leedom family was sent to me by Peggy Sue Durand. Linda Goodell had identified the marriage of Lillie Dimond to Robert Joseph Leedom in 1910. This is a very �feminine� line from Chenoweth to Carter to Rees to Morgan to Dimond to Leedom and now Wilson, a wonderful genealogy record.

age 91 - LAURA ELIZABETH9 PARKER nee BOND (ROY WILSON8, WESLEY WALKER7, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN6, CHARITY5 CHENOWETH, WILLIAM4, ARTHUR3, ARTHUR2, JOHN1) was born April 21, 1917 in Finksburg, Carroll Co., MD, and died August 26, 2008 in Maryland. She married JASON AVERY PARKER October 07, 1936, son of VIDA PARKER and LYDIA DEYTON. He was born November 21, 1911 in North Carolina, and died July 19, 1980 in West Friendship, Howard Co., MD. � The Bond line of Charity Chenoweth is the one Chenoweth line still in Maryland from William of Hampstead. Recently, Richard Edward Taylor, added this information into the Bond research of Robert Olin Bond. Cora�s 1924 book contains some continuing Bond lines where the Harris book ends it with Charity�s family.

age 89 - EMMA RUTH9 KLUCKHOHN nee BOND (ROY WILSON8, WESLEY WALKER7, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN6, CHARITY5 CHENOWETH, WILLIAM4, ARTHUR3, ARTHUR2, JOHN1) was born November 03, 1919 in Finksburg, Carroll Co., MD, and died April 16, 2009 in Iowa. She married (1) GHALE BRANDENBERG She married (2) CLARENCE KLUCKHOHN. He was born April 26, 1916, and died June 13, 1999 in Iowa. � see comment above.

age 85 - ANNA DOROTHY9 TAYLOR nee BOND (ROY WILSON8, WESLEY WALKER7, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN6, CHARITY5 CHENOWETH, WILLIAM4, ARTHUR3, ARTHUR2, JOHN1) was born July 24, 1923 in Finksburg, Carroll Co., MD, and died May 28, 2009. She married KENNETH SINCLAIR TAYLOR, son of BARTON TAYLOR and MARGARET HATTON. He was born March 24, 1923 in Patapsco, Carroll Co., MD. � see comment above.

age 72 - TERENCE9 HORN (LAWRENCE EDWARD8, EDITH D.7 CHENOWETH, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN6, WILLIAM THOMAS5, WILLIAM4, ARTHUR3, ARTHUR2, JOHN1) was born October 18, 1937, and died January 25, 2010 in Union City, Darke Co., OH. � Charity�s brother William Thomas went to Randolph Co., IN and the Chenoweth lines from there are both well documented and prodigious. Information on Terence came from Lisa Tachibana. His grandmother, Edith Chenoweth, who married Leo Frederick Horn, is found on page 188 of the Harris book.

age 89 - HELEN LOUISE CHINWORTH nee KUNKEL, daughter of JOHN KUNKEL and CHARLOTTE PHILHOWER. She was born October 16, 1920 in Buda, Bureau Co., IL, and died February 12, 2010. She married April 24, 1943 in Hondo, Medina Co., TX AUGUSTUS 'JUNIOR'8 CHINWORTH (AUGUSTUS FREDERICK 'GUS'7, WILLIAM H.6, ROBERT S.5, ARTHUR4, ARTHUR3, ARTHUR2, JOHN1) He was born April 13, 1918 in Warsaw, Kosciusko Co., IN, and died August 11, 2003 in Texas. � This is part of the Chinworth line of Robert, the s/o of the Arthur Chenoweth who settled in Tuscarawas Co., OH. Found in the unknown sections of the Harris book on page 627, this Arthur is believed to be Arthur III, of Maryland, though it has never been proven. The descendant family tree is in part the work of Ford Chinworth of Virginia.

age 98 - MARY OLIVE8 WRIGHT nee CHENOWETH (CHARLES ERNEST7, ROBERT BEATTY6, JOHN WESLEY5, JOHN4, JOHN3, ARTHUR2, JOHN1) was born May 09, 1911 in Albany, Gentry Co., MO, and died December 21, 2009 in Lubbock, Lubbock Co., TX. She married THOMAS LAWRENCE WRIGHT June 04, 1929 in Panhandle, Carson Co., TX. He was born June 08, 1904 in Milford, Ellis Co., TX, and died December 14, 1978 in Plainview, Hale Co., TX. - Mary is found on page 363 of the Harris book, descending John Wesley Chenoweth who took his family from Virginia to Indiana, just before the Civil War. Her marriage to Thomas Lawrence Wright and the Wright family genealogy thereafter are from Robin McShaffry.

age 76 - LYLE ANTHONY 'TONY' WOLFSKILL was born October 01, 1932 in Rankin, Upton Co., TX, and died April 28, 2009 in Texas. He married October 25, 1953 in Houston, Harris Co., TX MARYLIN MAE9 WRIGHT (MARY OLIVE8 CHENOWETH, CHARLES ERNEST7, ROBERT BEATTY6, JOHN WESLEY5, JOHN4, JOHN3, ARTHUR2, JOHN1) � Lyle�s marriage to Marilyn was contributed by Kelli Dawn Chenoweth as part of the family above.

age 16 - CHARLES KNOX11 ALFORD (MARY FRANCES10 LONG, AMY ANNETTE9 WRIGHT, MARY OLIVE8 CHENOWETH, CHARLES ERNEST7, ROBERT BEATTY6, JOHN WESLEY5, JOHN4, JOHN3, ARTHUR2, JOHN1) was born November 30, 1992 in Houston, Harris Co., TX, and died February 13, 2009 in Texas. � contributed by Kelli Dawn Chenoweth as part of the family above.

age 75 - JOHN ROBERT9 CHENOWETH, JR. (JOHN ROBERT8, WILLIAM WALLACE7, WILLIAM JOHN6, RICHARD B.5, WILLIAM4, RICHARD3, ARTHUR2, JOHN1) was born January 15, 1934 in Maryland, and died December 15, 2009. He met (1) LOUELLA CALLENDAR. He married (2) MILDRED OGLA DEICHGRABER. She was born July 12, 1920, and died January 31, 2010 in Maryland. � This Maryland line from William Chenoweth and Amy Davis has been evolved thru much work on Maryland families. William John Chenoweth who married Elizabeth Caskey is found in the unknown sections of the Harris book on page 633 and identified by Pete as being the son of Richard, one of the 10 sons of William and Amy. Careful census work brought the family to John Robert Chenoweth and John Robert, Jr. identified by the work of Dot Tucker Houk. This last year I was contacted by John Robert, III helping with the identification on this Baltimore family.

age 51 - ROGER9 CHENOWETH, JR. (ROGER 'PETE'8, GEORGE THOMAS7, GEORGE THOMAS6, GEORGE5, WILLIAM4, RICHARD3, ARTHUR2, JOHN1) was born July 13, 1958 in Maryland, and died December 21, 2009. - Also part of the Maryland line from William Chenoweth and Amy Davis, Roger was introduced to us by Debbie Miles Chenoweth. His father George Thomas Chenoweth, Jr. is found in the unknown sections of the Harris book on page 605. George Thomas Chenoweth, Sr. was proven to be a son of George by his death certificate.

age 66 - DONNA GENE (HAGAMAN) CHENOWETH nee LAMBERT was born December 01, 1943 in Livingston, Park Co., MT, and died February 07, 2010 in Harrisonville, Cass Co., MO. She married June 29, 1996 in Lafayette Co., MO LEROY RICHARD9 CHENOWETH (RICHARD LEROY 'ROBERT'8, WALTER7, NELSON6, WILLIAM5, THOMAS4, WILLIAM3, WILLIAM2, JOHN1) - LeRoy Richard Chenoweth and his wife Donna were introduced to the database by LeRoy�s niece, Kylie Kay House. LeRoy�s grandfather is found in the Harris book on page 247 in the misplaced lines of Thomas of Clark Co., OH.

age 83 - BYRON SEELY was born November 09, 1925, and died January 17, 2009 in Idaho. He married SYLVIA9 BLAKE (KARL ALEXUS8, LUCINDA ELIZABETH7 SEARLES, CATHERINE6 CHENOWETH, HARVEY R.5, JOHN4, WILLIAM3, WILLIAM2, JOHN1) She was born August 12, 1934 in Montana, and died June 12, 2002. � the Searles family of Catherine Chenoweth is found on page 497 of the Harris book. As part of the cousin marriages of Warren Co., OH, it is twice misplaced, once as a part of the family of William Chenoweth and Catherine Rinker, who himself is miscast as the son of Thomas. Rosella Vohs was instrumental in correctly identifying Catherine�s father Harvey as a son of John and Elizabeth Chenoweth, the youngest of the 3 cousin marriages. Lucinda Elizabeth Searles�s marriage to George Alvah Blake was identified by Susan Michelle Gustafson, and that of their son, Karl Alexus Blake, to Selma Olson by Anne Larson, who also added Sylvia and her husband Bryon Seely. This fall Bryon�s daughter, Becky Seely Collins, reported his passing.

age 74 - JOANN CHENOWETH nee WAGNER was born September 24, 1935, and died March 02, 2010 in Galveston Co., TX. She married CHARLES ALBERT 'HERKY'8 CHENOWETH (RICHARD JACKSON7, DAVID THEODORE6, ISAAC JACKSON5, ISAAC J.4, ISAAC3, WILLIAM2, JOHN1) - Richard Jackson Chenoweth is found on page 397 of the Harris book. Alice Bradshaw contributed information of his Galveston family and Dot found this recent obit. The line of Isaac was developed by the Harris research migrating from Virginia, through Ohio, to Iowa. David Theodore Chenoweth brought his family to Kansas and eventually Texas.

age 79 - JAMES ORIN8 HENDERSON (ROBERT CURTIS7, MILTON HENRY6, MARY 'POLLY'5 CHENOWETH, THOMAS4, THOMAS3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born July 27, 1930 in Danville, Vermilion Co., IL, and died December 31, 2009 in Indiana. He married STELLA MAY ROSS November 12, 1954. She was born May 29, 1936, and died November 03, 1999 in Chicago, Cook Co., IL. � the marriage of Mary Chenoweth to Milton Edward Henderson is on page 439 of the Harris book. This is also the line of Shirley Harris. The Henderson are followed 3 generations to Robert Curtis Henderson. His family and son James were added by Janice Henderson Yahr.

age 77 - VIRGINIA MAXINE8 UMFLEET nee HENDERSON (ROBERT CURTIS7, MILTON HENRY6, MARY 'POLLY'5 CHENOWETH, THOMAS4, THOMAS3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born August 01, 1932 in Danville, Vermilion Co., IL, and died December 20, 2009 in Waukegan, Lake Co., IL. She married ISHAMEL UMFLEET, JR. September 30, 1950 in Gary, Lake Co., IN. He was born August 03, 1930 in Hessville, Lake Co., IN, and died November 04, 2005 in Beach Park, Lake Co., IL. � see comment above.

age 78 - THOMAS WILLIAM8 HILL, JR. (THOMAS WILLIAM7, SEREPTA VIENNA6 CHENOWETH, ARTHUR5, JOSEPH4, ARTHUR3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born June 29, 1930 in Ohio, and died February 08, 2009 in Rhode Island. - Serepta is found on page 457 of the Harris book Her family was only recently identified with the help of the 1900 Census, Tina Shaw Conley, and a prior contact by Marsha Brown. The family of Arthur has been based in Pike Co., OH for over 200 years. His grandson Arthur moved to neighboring Adams Co. in the 1840s.

age 91 - MARY L.8 BROWN nee KANNE (MYRTLE7 DEHART, LEWIS M.6, EMALINE5 WILLIAMS, HANNAH4 CHENOWETH, RICHARD3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born September 09, 1918 in Lafayette, Tippecanoe Co., IN, and died December 07, 2009 in Huntersville, Mecklenburg Co., NC. She married (1) MELVIN E. JACKSON February 07, 1940. He was born January 07, 1914, and died September 16, 1988 in Carroll Co., IN. She married (2) MILLARD P. BROWN May 05, 1991. He was born August 13, 1917, and died May 31, 1996 in Florida. - The marriage of Hannah Chenoweth is found on page 465 of the Harris book Her William�s family and their descendant lines in the area of Tippecanoe Co., IN has been the continuing work of Joyce Corns Wiegand, our perennial reunion registrar.

age 86 - RAY KEARNEY PERSON, JR., son of RAY PERSON and ZOE HACKNEY, was born December 15, 1922 in Long Beach, Los Angeles Co., CA, and died July 18, 2009 in Santa Barbara Co., CA. He married November 09, 1948 in Westwood, Los Angeles Co., CA. JUSTYN GRAINGER8 CHENOWETH (WILBUR ROSSITER7, WILBUR FISK6, RICHARD FOSTER5, THOMAS C.4, ELIJAH3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) � Justyn and her husband are found on page 522 of the Harris book. Dot recently found this obit. Details on the family of Dr. Richard Foster has been the work of Jean Tuohino of California. Wilbur Fisk Chenoweth was an early photographer.

age 88 - DARRELL ALLISON8 WARNER (CECIL ROLLA7, THOMAS SMITH6, ISABELL JANE5 CHENOWETH, JOHN FOSTER4, ELIJAH3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born August 10, 1920 in Hood River Co., OR, and died March 04, 2009 in North Corvallis, Lane Co., OR. He married ALMA - The family of Isabell Jane Chenoweth is found on 529 of the Harris book. More of this family is found in Cora�s 1924 book and Isabel�s grandson, Cecil Rolla Warner, is found in her book on page 109. Census work by Dot found Cecil and family in Hood River, OR in 1930 and a recent obit has added the death of Darrell in Lane Co.

age 89 - EDITH LUCILLE8 BAGLEY nee HAWK (MINA MAY7 FARRAR, WILLIAM HENRY6, MALINDA HORATIO5 CHENOWETH, JOHN FOSTER4, ELIJAH3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born June 02, 1920 in Hugoton, Stevens Co., KS, and died September 01, 2009 in Shawnee, Pottawatomie Co., OK. She married (1) EDWARD ORVILLE GIRK April 08, 1939 in Newton, Harvey Co., KS, son of EDD GIRK and MAUDE McKEDDY. He was born December 29, 1915, and died June 03, 1994. She married (2) OTIS BERT BAGLEY December 07, 1958. He was born August 29, 1912, and died August 30, 1994. - The family of Malinda Horatio Chenoweth and Henry Farrar is found on page 528 of the Harris book.. The descendant Farrar family was documented through years of family newsletters. The family moved from Ohio to Kansas in the late 1800s.

age 85 - IRA CHRISTOPHER9 LONG (RAY8, ANNA7 BETHERS, SARAH ISABEL6 WOOD, JOSEPH C.5, RACHEL4 CHENOWETH, ELIJAH3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born November 02, 1922 in Carlsborg, Clallam Co., WA, and died September 07, 2008 in Spokane, Spokane Co., WA. He married MABEL TURNER. - The marriage of Rachel Chenoweth is found on page 519 of the Harris book. Both her children married in to the Heckle family which settled in Oregon in the 1850s. This is a richly researched family, most recently documented in the Jacob and Anna (Gragg) Henkle book, by Lee Edward Merklin, 2009

age 91 - MARSHALL CONE SLEETH, son of DANA and EUGENIA SEETH, was born September 19, 1916 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., CA, and died March 01, 2008 in Portland, Multnomah Co., OR. He married September 26, 1947 in Portland, Multnomah Co., OR IRIS VIRGINIA8 DUVA (MARION LUCILE7 BENNETT, MARY JANE6 WOOD, JOSEPH C.5, RACHEL4 CHENOWETH, ELIJAH3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) She was born October 08, 1924 in Portland, Multnomah Co., OR, and died October 22, 1986 in Tigard, Washington Co., OR. � see comment above.

age 79 - DAVID VICTOR8 CHENOWETH (RAY MILLER7, RICHARD W.6, ABRAHAM J.5, JACOB4, ABRAHAM3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born January 20, 1930 in Los Angeles Co., CA, and died January 10, 2010 in Hawaii. He married ELIZABETH C. ANDERSON February 22, 1953 in Los Angeles Co., CA. - Ray Miller Chenoweth is found in the addendum of the Harris book to page 561. Ray�s family was part of Pete�s survey responses. David�s brother, Richard Carvel Chenoweth, who died in 2002 was a contributor to the fund to republish the Harris book, an effort headed up by Bill Chinworth of Tuscon. John Chenoweth and his brother Jacob, both sons of Abraham, migrated to Darke Co., OH.

age 54 - DIANA CAROL10 MITCHELL nee HEDRICK (RUSSELL LEE9, DONALD CALVERN8, BERTHA THERESA7 HARRIS, LYDIA REBECCA6 CHENOWETH, ABRAHAM JOHN5, JOHN4, ABRAHAM3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born July 24, 1955 in Kansas City, Jackson Co., MO, and died November 27, 2009 in Blue Springs, Jackson Co., MO. She married (1) DENNIS PATRICK DUNAVANT. She married (2) WILLIAM CHARLES MITCHELL. � Diana�s passing was reported recently by her sister Donna. The line goes to the family of Lydia Rebecca Chenoweth found on page 570 of the Harris book. The Hedrick branch of this family from the marriage of Bertha Theresa Harris to Vernon Calvern 'Vern' Hedrick in Iowa was a World Family Tree submittal found by Pete. Donna then sent this picture of Bertha, saying "She is my great grandmother and daughter of a first cousin marriage of Lydia Rebecca Chenoweth and Wilson Lamb Harris. [Born 3 Sep 1882, Cass Co., IA and died 30 Jul 1948, Cass Co., IA. She married Vernon Calvern Hedrick 20 Jan 1909.]

Bertha Theresa Harris


age 69 - SHIRLEY9 BREESE nee HORNER (RONALD M.8, VIOLA M.7 CHENOWETH, MORTON M.6, ABRAHAM JOHN5, JOHN4, ABRAHAM3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born March 09, 1939 in Indiana, and died May 06, 2008 in Colorado. She married EARL BREESE. He was born February 07, 1935, and died February 1985 in Colorado. � Shirley�s passing was reported recently by her sister Linda. The line goes to the family of Viola Chenoweth and Clarence Branson Horner found on page 571 of the Harris book. Another of the lines of John Chenoweth of Darke Co., OH, this family was based in Randolph Co.,IN since the 1850s, the same area where Cora Hiatt�s Maryland Chenoweths settled.


age 79 - CHARLES HENRY4 CHENOWITH (JOHN R.3, BENJAMIN2, RICHARD1) was born July 03, 1930 in Baltimore City, MD, and died December 29, 2009 in Baltimore Co., MD. He married DOROTHY M. UPPERMAN. She was born October 18, 1924, and died December 30, 2002.- Information on Charles originally came from Carol Francine Chenowith, in her research of the family of Richard Chenowith who married Keziah Coe. We have been unable to pinpoint who Richard was but he was born before 1810. Keziah�s brother Benjamin married Elizabeth Francies, the daughter of a Priscilla Chenoweth. She was a d/o of an equally unknown Richard Chenoweth who married Elizabeth Burton. It is likely that the younger Richard was a brother to Priscilla.


age 75 - FREDERICK GENE5 CHENOWETH (EDWIN JOHN "EDWARD"4, FREDERICK3, FREDERICK2, JOHN1) was born January 17, 1935 in Birmingham, Jefferson Co., AL, and died February 07, 2010. He married BILLIE JOYCE HAMM � This line was assembled by Pete. Frederick Genes� grandfather was a Frederick born August 06, 1882 in Cornwall and married Edith Collins in 1905 in Ishpeming, Marquette Co., MI

Submitted by Don Johnson

I was scanning photos from my mom and dad�s house and came across this photo. Someone had written on the back, �JM and NA Chinoweth,� which I take to mean James M. and Nathaniel A. Chenoweth. The two are standing in front of a train station with the name, �Sultana,� on the sign. I can�t really place the year though. I thought you might be interested.

  • James M. Chenoweth b: Jun 1852, IA
  • Nathaniel A. Chenoweth b: Sep 1862, Clark Co., IA

Sons of John Foster5, John C.4, Thomas3, Thomas2, John 1


The following individuals were reported to the web site as new arrivals to the Chenoweth Clan during 2007. Individuals are listed by birth month and their 2nd generation lineage is in parenthesis.

  • January: (JOHN) January: Caliegh Elizabeth Christiansen, (HANNAH) Riley Austin Caller, (WILLIAM) Jake Benjamin Hannah
  • February: (JOHN) Gabrielle Leah Wilson, Caleb Tylor Moody, Augist Michael Smith, (THOMAS) Emerson Michael Chenoweth
  • March: (THOMAS) Jake Thomas Chenoweth
  • April: (JOHN) Adriana Brooke Buchanan, (ARTHUR) Emery Atchison
  • May: (THOMAS) Jonathan Blake Linton, Madison Elizabeth LaRue, (THOMAS) Jonathan Scott Koll
  • June: (JOHN) Zander Joseph Moody, (ARTHUR) Joseph Grosso, (THOMAS) Vered Reed
  • August: (THOMAS) Brooklyn Ann Faw, (ARTHUR) Lila Claire Jenkins
  • September: (WILLIAM) William Ian Chenoweth
  • December: (ARTHUR) Alana Lucia Chenoweth

Nominations For the Board of Directors

Elections will be held at the upcoming reunion for 2 vacancies on the Board of Directors. Peter Chenoweth and Dick Buchanan have been nominated and accepted the nomination. Nominations will be taken from the floor during the General Membership or can be submitted to the Chairman of the Board at p.chenoweth@comcast.net.

A few guidelines that need to be observed.

CFA Bylaws, Article V, Para. 1.043 says that candidates for the Board will be published in the Newsletter prior to the election. The next newsletter will be in June.

Anyone nominating a person must have communicated with that person in advance to be sure the person will accept a nomination.

The Philosophy of Ambiguity

For those who love the philosophy of ambiguity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of the English language.

  1. I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, �Where�s the self-help section?� She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.
  2. If someone with multiple personalities threatens to kill himself, is it considered a hostage situation?
  3. Where do forest rangers go to �get away from it all?�
  4. If a parsley farmer is sued, can they garnish his wages?
  5. If a turtle doesn�t have a shell, is he homeless or naked?

Jope Chenoweth

The following is presented with the permission of Derek Miller (derekmiller745@btinternet.com), from his website. Jope Chenoweth (previously thought to be John Chenoweth) is my GrGrGrGrGrGrandfather. � Peter Clinton Chenoweth (editor and Chairman of the Board)


Edward Muddle and Alice [Austen]�s eldest child (Edward�s third) was Alice Muddle who was born at Broadstairs on the Isle of Thanet in Kent, and baptised at the Church of St Peter the Apostle in Broadstairs on 19 November 1740. When her parents died in 1761 Alice inherited a fifth share of her father's premises at Sharpes Green in Gillingham; a seventh share of her father's two premises at Broadstairs; a seventh share of her father's premises at Gads Hill in Gillingham except for his shipyard; and also an eighth share of her father's personal estate.

When she was 23 years old Alice married Jope Chenoweth, who was about 23 years old, at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Gillingham on 3 August 1764. They lived at Chatham where they had nine children born between 1765 and 1779, three of whom, two being twins, died soon after birth in 1768 and 1769, before being baptised.

There is no definite proof of where Jope came from, there were no Chenoweths in the Chatham area, or even anywhere in Kent, before Jope. The Chenoweth name is concentrated in the South-West of England around the Plymouth area, and DNA testing of a descendent of Jope has given a close match to other Chenoweths whose ancestors are known to have come from the Plymouth area. Also the unusual Christian name of Jope is a surname commonly found around the Plymouth area. So was Jope possibly illegitimate with a Chenoweth father and a Jope mother, and being a charge on a parish in the area of Plymouth Naval Dockyard they had him apprenticed at the Chatham Naval Dockyard to remove him as a charge on their parish and well away from their area?

Jope was described as being a shipwright of Chatham when he was a bondsman for the marriage licence of his sister-in-law Mary Muddle in 1771. Jope had entered employment at Chatham Naval Dockyard on 22 June 1756 as the apprentice (called servants at the dockyard) of quarterman shipwright William Hall, and his pay was initially 14d per day which was paid to his master William Hall. During the 2nd quarter of 1757 his pay was 15d per day that during the 4th quarter of 1757 had risen to 16d per day. In 1761 Jope was on 20d per day that during the 1st and 2nd quarters of 1763 had risen to 24d per day and this was still paid to his master William Hall. Jope completed his 7 year apprenticeship on 21 June 1763, and from 22 June 1763 he was employed at Chatham Naval Dockyard as a fully qualified shipwright for which his pay was 25d per day, the normal rate for a shipwright, and this was now paid directly to him. He also received a lodging allowance of 2�d per week. During the 4th quarter of 1768 Jope worked 76 days, 1 night and 1 tide for which he was paid �8 1s with lodging of 2s 7d. It's not known how long the standard working day was, but it was probably 10 hours, a night was a period of 5 hours overtime for which a day's pay was received, and a tide was a period 1� hours overtime for which a shipwright received 7�d. When a description book of all employees at the dockyard was produced at the start of 1779 Jope had served 15� years as a shipwright, was 37 years old, and his character as a workman was recorded as good. During the 1st quarter of 1779 Jope worked 76 days, 3 nights and 152 tides for which he was paid �12 19s 7d with 2s 7d lodging. Then during the 2nd quarter of 1779, still on a daily rate of 25d, Jope worked 61� days and 121 tides for which his pay was �10 3s 9d with 2s 1d lodging. The pay book for this quarter also recorded that Jope had died and his wages had been paid to his assign Thomas Landen.

The shorter number of days worked during the second quarter of 1779 seems to indicate that Jope had probably been off work due to illness for just over a month before he died on 28 July 1779, when he was 37 or 38 years old, two days before his last child was born. This left Alice a widow with six surviving children, three boys and three girls, ranging in age from newborn to 13 years. Then nearly six years later Alice, at the age of 44, married John Walsh at the Church of St Mary-le-Bow, Cheapside, London on 8 March 1785. When her son John made a seaman's will on 28 February 1794 while a Midshipman on HMS Aigle he left everything to his mother Alice Walsh, whom he described as being a grocer living at Brompton in Kent.

Jope and Alice�s eldest child was Alice Chenoweth who was born at Chatham in Kent on 24 December 1765, and baptised at the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Chatham on 12 January 1766. When she was 18 years old Alice married Alexander Wall at the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Chatham on 1 November 1784 by licence. After Alexander's death Alice, at the age of 30, married Thomas Crockford at the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Chatham on 10 April 1796 by licence. Alice had been living in the Parish of St Margaret in Rochester when she died on 21 December 1808, just 3 days before her 43 birthday. She was buried in the Churchyard of St Mary Magdalene in Gillingham on 23 December 1808.

Jope and Alice�s second child was Edward Chenoweth who was born at Chatham in Kent on 4 September 1767, and baptised at the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Chatham on 27 September 1767. On 24 March 1779, when he was 11� years old, Edward started work at Chatham Naval Dockyard as an Ocham Boy, working six days per week for which he was paid 6d per day. This was about 3 months before his father stopped working at the dockyard as a shipwright and 4 months before his father's death. Ocham Boys carried ocham (oakum), which was the unpicked fibres of old rope, and hot pitch to the caulkers, who used it to seal the joints of a wooden ship. Edward worked as an Ocham Boy for nearly 2 years, his last day being 2 February 1781. Edward had progressed to being a Quarter Boy and his pay increased to 8d per day. Quarter Boys were assistants to the Quarter Men, who were in charge of the work gangs of 20 men into which shipwrights and caulkers were divided. Edward was a Quarter Boy for 13 months, starting on 3 February 1781 and finishing on 19 March 1782, at the age of 15�. On the 20 March 1782 Edward became an apprentice (called a servant in the dockyard) to caulker William Bent and his pay increased to 14d per day but it was paid to his master William Bent. Edward's pay increased steadily during his 7 year apprenticeship until at the end he was on 24d per day, though this was still paid to his master. Edward completed his apprenticeship with William Bent on 19 March 1789 when he was 20� years old. Then the following day, 20 March 1789, Edward started work at Chatham Naval Dockyard as a fully qualified Caulker for which his pay was 25d per day, the normal rate for a caulker, and this was now paid directly to him. He also received a lodging allowance of 2�d per week.

Four months after he had completed his apprenticeship and become a qualified Caulker in the dockyard with secure employment, Edward, at the age of 21, married 23-year-old Phoebe Ramadge at the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Chatham on 6 July 1789. Phoebe was the daughter of William and Susannah Ramadge; she had been born at Brompton in Gillingham, Kent and baptised at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Gillingham on 4 May 1766. Edward and Phoebe had eleven children born at Gillingham between 1790 and 1812. Five of these children died in infancy between 1797 and 1802, three of them in 1802, which must have been a very bad year for Edward and Phoebe. During the 1st quarter of 1793 Edward worked 77 days, 146 nights and 26 tides for which he was paid �24 0s 10d with lodging allowance of 2s 8d. It's not known how long the standard working day was, but it was probably 10 hours, a night was a period of 5 hours overtime for which a day's pay was received, and a tide was a period 1� hours overtime for which a caulker received 7�d. The nights were almost certainly partly Sunday work, so Edward was working continuously 7 days a week and over 15 hours a day but he was making very good money. All the other caulkers were working similar amounts of time, the dockyard was working flat-out, it was wartime and England needed ships repaired and new ships built, the French revolution had happened 4 years earlier and the country was involved in the Napoleonic Wars. Edward's younger brother John, who had been working in the dockyard, had just volunteered to join the Royal Navy and was soon to become a Naval Officer serving on ships that were seeing action against the French in the Mediterranean.

During the 3rd quarter of 1801 the Caulkers were only working half the overtime they were doing in 1793 and Edward's pay for that quarter had dropped back to �13 9s 4d with lodging allowance of 2s 2d. Then in 1st quarter of 1810 Edward was a master caulker with his own apprentice, Thomas Draycon. Edward and the rest of the dockyard were back working very long hours, Waterloo and the end of the Napoleonic Wars was still 5 years into the future. During this quarter Edward worked 78 days, 123� nights and 23� tides for which he was paid �23 5s 6d but he now had to pay �2 0s 6d tax out of that; the war was costing a lot of money and it had to be paid for, and the government had introduced income tax at 10% for all those whose income was more than �60 per year. Then during the 2nd half of 1815 Edward was back as a Caulker without an apprentice and his pay for that half year had dropped back again to �26 0s 9d.

During the 2nd half of 1820 Edward was now 'Looking after Ocham Boys' and his pay for that half year was �18 11s 0d. Then in 1829 Edward had become Superintendent of the Ocham Boys and his pay for that year was �56 14s 2d. Edward retired at the end of April 1833, when he was 65� years old, after a career of 54 years at Chatham Naval Dockyard. His Admiralty pension of �24 per year started at the beginning of May 1833 and was paid quarterly at Chatham and continued until his death ten years later.

Edward and Phoebe probably always lived in the Brompton area of Gillingham, which was near the Chatham Naval Dockyard where Edward worked. The Wright's Topography (Directory) of Rochester, Chatham etc. of 1838 listed Edward Chenoweth as living at 5 Mansion Row, Brompton. Then in the census of 6 June 1841 Edward and Phoebe were living at Mansion Row in Brompton; Edward was described as independent, he would have been living on his Admiralty pension. Living with them, probably as lodgers, was the family of Thomas Rose, who was in the army, they were from Scotland as was male servant Valentine Smith; female servant Ann Wells was a local woman. It's difficult to tell but the male servant probably worked for the Rose family and the female servant for Edward and Phoebe. Mansion Row had been built in the late 18th century for dockyard workers, so if Edward and Phoebe had started living there when they married they had probably moved into a substantially built new Georgian house.

Edward died in Medway registration district, which included Brompton, on 13 December 1843, at the age of 76. It seems that some of his pension was unpaid when he died and that Phoebe applied to the Admiralty to be paid this as the next of kin and inheritor of her husband's estate. Admiralty records show that they sent an enquiry asking for a will, but when this was not forthcoming they asked for a marriage certificate, which they must have received because they record returning it on 12 January 1844. Presumably they paid Phoebe the �4 16s 6d of pension that they recorded was due.

In the census of 30 March 1851 Phoebe, at the age of 85, was living alone at Mansion Row in Brompton. Two years later Phoebe died at the age of 87, her death being registered in Dartford registration district in Kent during the 3rd quarter of 1853. So she had moved from Brompton, possibly having had to end her days living with the family of one of her children or other relatives.

[Mansion Row]

Edward and Phoebe�s eldest child was Alice Chenoweth who was born at Gillingham in Kent on 15 April 1790, and baptised at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Gillingham on 2 May 1790.

Edward and Phoebe�s second child was Benjamin Chenoweth who was born at Gillingham in Kent on 12 May 1792, and baptised at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Gillingham on 3 June 1792. Benjamin died at Gillingham on 22 April 1797, at the age of nearly 5, and he was buried in the Churchyard of St Mary Magdalene in Gillingham on 26 April 1797.

Edward and Phoebe�s third child was Phoebe Chenoweth who was born at Gillingham in Kent on 17 November 1794, and baptised at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Gillingham on 21 December 1794.

Edward and Phoebe�s fourth child was John Chenoweth who was born at Gillingham in Kent on 21 February 1797, and baptised at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Gillingham on 19 March 1797. John died at Gillingham on 7 May 1802, at the age of 5, and he was buried in the Churchyard of St Mary Magdalene in Gillingham on 11 May 1802.

Edward and Phoebe�s fifth child was Benjamin Chenoweth who was born at Gillingham in Kent on 29 January 1799, and baptised at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Gillingham on 27 February 1799. Benjamin died at Gillingham on 16 March 1799, at the age of 6 weeks, and he was buried in the Churchyard of St Mary Magdalene in Gillingham on 19 March 1799.

Edward and Phoebe�s sixth child was Mary Ann Chenoweth who was born at Gillingham in Kent on 8 February 1800, and baptised at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Gillingham on 9 March 1800. Mary Ann died at Gillingham on 17 October 1802, at the age of 2, and she was buried in the Churchyard of St Mary Magdalene in Gillingham on 21 October 1802.

Edward and Phoebe�s seventh child was John Chenoweth who was born at Gillingham in Kent on 22 September 1802. No baptism or burial records have been found for John so it�s assumed, as his parents used the name John again for their next son, that he died unbaptised soon after birth and was, as a result, not buried in consecrated ground.

Edward and Phoebe�s eighth child was John Chenoweth who was born at Gillingham in Kent on 18 November 1803, and baptised at the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Chatham on 21 December 1803.

Edward and Phoebe�s ninth child was Eliza Chenoweth who was born at Gillingham in Kent on 19 September 1806, and baptised at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Gillingham on 19 October 1806.

Edward and Phoebe�s tenth child was Laurentia Chenoweth who was born at Gillingham in Kent on 18 August 1809, and baptised at the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Chatham on 3 September 1809.

Edward and Phoebe�s eleventh child was Edward William Chenoweth who was born at Gillingham in Kent on 28 January 1812.

Jope and Alice�s third child was John Chenoweth who was born at Chatham in Kent on 20 August 1768. John died before he could be baptised and was buried in the Churchyard of St Mary Magdalene at Gillingham on 5 September 1768.

Jope and Alice�s fourth child, one of twins, was Mary Chenoweth who was born at Chatham in Kent on 13 July 1769. Mary died before she could be baptised and was buried with her twin sister in the Churchyard of St Mary Magdalene at Gillingham on 17 July 1769.

Jope and Alice�s fifth child, one of twins, was Martha Chenoweth who was born at Chatham in Kent on 13 July 1769. Martha died before she could be baptised and was buried with her twin sister in the Churchyard of St Mary Magdalene at Gillingham on 17 July 1769.

Jope and Alice�s sixth child was William Chenoweth who was born at Chatham in Kent on 23 April 1771, and baptised at the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Chatham on 12 May 1771. William's father died in 1779 when William was 8 years old. Then on 28 January 1783, when he was 11� years old, William started work at Chatham Naval Dockyard as an Ocham Boy, working six days per week for which he was paid 6d per day. Ocham Boys carried ocham (oakum), which was the unpicked fibres of old rope, and hot pitch to the caulkers, who used it to seal the joints of a wooden ship. William worked as an Ocham Boy for just over 2 years, his last day being 16 April 1785. William had progressed to being a Quarter Boy and his pay increased to 8d per day. Quarter Boys were assistants to the Quarter Men, who were in charge of the work gangs of 20 men into which shipwrights and caulkers were divided. During the 1st quarter of 1786 William worked 77 days, 2 nights and 77 tides for which he was paid �2 19s 1d with lodging allowance of 2s 8d. It's not known how long the standard working day was, but it was probably 10 hours, a night was a period of 5 hours overtime for which a day's pay was received, and a tide was a period of 1� hours overtime. William was a Quarter Boy for nearly 4 years, having started on 17 April 1785 and finishing on 2 February 1789, at the age of 17�. William's wages for the last quarter year he worked were paid to his brother Edward, who was working at the dockyard as a caulker; indicating that William was no longer working at the yard and had not progressed from Quarter Boy to apprentice in one of the dockyard trades as most boys did.

When he was 23 years old William married 23-year-old Frances Quarrinton at the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Chatham on 24 January 1795. Frances was the daughter of Robert and Frances Quarrinton; she had been born at Gillingham and baptised the Church St Mary Magdalene in Gillingham on 5 May 1771. William and Frances are thought to have been childless. In the census of 6 June 1841 Frances was living alone at Brook in Chatham. William was living at Chatham when he died at the age of 72 (not 73 as given on his burial record) and was buried in the Churchyard of St Mary the Virgin in Chatham on 17 December 1843. His name on the burial record and registration of death was William James Chenoweth. In the census of 30 March 1851 Frances was a pauper with the occupation of charwoman in the Medway Union Workhouse in Chatham. Frances was living at Chatham when she died at the age of 83 (not 84 as given on her burial record) and was buried in the Churchyard of St Mary the Virgin in Chatham on 14 May 1854.

Jope and Alice�s seventh child was Elizabeth Muddle Chenoweth who was born at Chatham in Kent on 1 August 1773, and baptised at the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Chatham on 12 September 1773. Family records have Elizabeth dying on 25 December 1792, at the age of 19, but this has not been confirmed by finding a record of her burial.

Jope and Alice�s eighth child was John Chenoweth who was born at Chatham in Kent on 3 February 1776, and baptised at the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Chatham on 25 February 1776. John's future career in the Royal Navy as a Purser and Agent shows that he was literate and the letters he wrote show a confident hand; so he must have had a reasonably good education before starting work at the dockyard at the age of 13, this might well have been paid for from his mother's inheritance from her father Edward Muddle.

On his 13th Birthday, 3 February 1789, John started working at Chatham Naval Dockyard as an Ocham Boy, working six days a week and being paid 6d per day. Ocham Boys carried ocham (oakum), which was the unpicked fibres of old rope, and hot pitch to the caulkers, who used it to seal the joints of a wooden ship. John worked as an Ocham Boy for 2� years, his last day being 29 August 1791. John had progressed to being a Quarter Boy and his pay increased to 8d per day. Quarter Boys were assistants to the Quarter Men, who were in charge of the work gangs of 20 men into which shipwrights and caulkers were divided. John was a Quarter Boy for 9 months, starting on 30 August 1791 and finishing on 31 May 1792, at the age of 16, when it seems he left employment at the dockyard.

Eight months later, just before his 17th birthday, John joined the Royal Navy on 1 February 1793 as a volunteer at Sheerness, for which he was paid a bounty of �5, and he was appointed an Able Seaman on HMS Aigle on ticket A.Y.(404). That he joined the Royal Navy as an Able Seaman rather than a Boy seems to indicate that his service at the dockyard was taken to be equivalent to being a Boy and then an Ordinary Seaman in the Royal Navy. The Aigle was a 38-gun fifth rate frigate that had been captured from the French in 1782; Aigle being French for Eagle. The Aigle was under the command of Captain Andrew Sutherland when she sailed in April or May 1793 as part of a squadron for the Mediterranean Fleet that was to be based off Toulon on the French Mediterranean coast. As an Able Seaman John was paid �1 2s 6d per month and he received an advance of two months' wages, �2 5s 0d, when he joined the ship. He was promoted to Midshipman on 23 November 1793, but demoted back to Able Seaman on 31 December 1793 before being promoted again to Midshipman on 19 January 1794. He was a Midshipman on the Aigle when he made a seaman's will on 28 February 1794 in which he left everything to his mother and made his uncle Edward Muddle sole executor.

John was discharged from the Aigle on 13 March 1794 when he was appointed Master's Mate on HMS St Fiorenzo on ticket P.B.(512) of Vice-Admiral Lord Hood, who was then Commander-in-Chief of the Mediterranean Station and had directed the capture of Corsica while in command of HMS Victory. The St Fiorenzo was originally the French ship Minerve that had been scuttled or sunk by gunfire when the British captured the town of San Fiorenzo (San Fiurenzu) in the Gulf of St Florent, Corsica; the British found her on 19 February 1794 and were able to re-float her. They took her into service as the 38-gun fifth rate frigate St Fiorenzo initially under the command of Captain Charles Tyler. While on the St Fiorenzo John was promoted to Clerk on 6 May 1794 and then on 27 June 1794 he was discharged at his own request from the St Fiorenzo so that he could join HMS Diadem. The St Fiorenzo was then at Mortella Bay, Corsica and command of her was being transferred from Captain Charles Tyler to Captain George Henry Towry.

John was then a supernumerary on HMS Berwick from 28 June to 7 July 1794 with several other crew members from the St Fiorenzo, including her Captain, Charles Tyler, who were being transported to the Diadem at Leghorn, Italy. Diadem was a 64 gun 3rd rate ship and part of the Mediterranean fleet that sailed from Leghorn on 9 March 1795, and sighted the French fleet the following day. At daylight on the 13th Admiral Hotham sent out a signal for a general chase which ended the following day with the capture of the French ships Ca-Ira and Censeur, after which the fleets headed off in opposite directions. The musters of the Diadem record that at least one crew member had been killed in this action on 14th. On the 8 July 1795 the fleet, including Diadem, was at anchor in San Fiorenzo Bay, Corsica when they became aware that the French fleet was close by and gave chase. The French fleet was sighted on the 13th and the order for a general chase was given, the French lost one ship but the outcome of this encounter was inconclusive. On 27 December 1795 the Diadem was part of Captain Troubridge's squadron sailing off Cape Matapan, the southern tip of Greece, when they chased the French ship Badine, which resulted in the Badine anchoring close off the town; and the next day HMS Lowestoffe anchored alongside her to accept her surrender. The rest of the squadron anchored in the harbour at Milo in the Greek Cyclades Islands on the 31 December and subsequently sailed for Smyrna (now Izmir), Turkey.

John served as Clerk on Diadem under Captain Charles Tyler from 8 July 1794 to 3 April 1796, while she was a part of the Mediterranean fleet. Then with several other crew members from the Diadem John was a supernumerary on HMS Zealous from 4 to 11 April 1796 while being transported to HMS Aigle. There were no musters on the Zealous during the time John was on her as many of the officers responsible for taking the musters had become sick and died.

John arrived on Aigle, which was the first ship he had served on back in 1793 to 1794, on 12 April 1796 as a Clerk on ticket P.B.(221). While he was serving on her, again under Captain Charles Tyler, they captured five French privateers. On 12 June 1797 they captured a French privateer off the coast of Portugal; on 30 July 1797 together with HMS Boston they captured the French privateer Hazard off Cape Finisterre; on 13 August 1797 they captured the French privateer Mouche on the Lisbon station; on 1 December 1797 they captured the French privateer Minerve on the Lisbon station; and on 4 January 1798 they captured the French privateer Requin. From this it is assumed that John and the rest of the crew of the Aigle would have received a considerable bounty payment. John was still serving as Clark on the Aigle, under Captain Charles Tyler, when she was wreaked off Cape Farina, on the north-east coast of Tunisia on 18 July 1798. All the crew were saved and they were at Tunis when the crew musters where held on 22 July and 5 August. Most of the crew including John and the Captain were then transported to Gibraltar, being at sea for the muster of 19 August and at Gibraltar for the musters of 26 August and 3 September. John, Captain Charles Tyler and all the remaining crew were discharged as members of the crew of Aigle on 3 September 1798 so that they could join HMS Espoir. Captain Charles Tyler and many of the other members of the crew of Aigle arrive on the Espoir for transport to HMS Ville de Paris but John was not with them.

(continued next issue)

By Jon Egge, WA
(23rd Installment of a series � 15th installment on grandchildren.)
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Ruth�s Butlers

Arthur is known, by his will, to have had 2 daughters. Hannah married an Ogg, and that is the extent of our knowledge. She would have been about 60 years old at the time of Arthur�s death, so the questions are: did she have a family? and who was this Mr. Ogg?

Ruth, the other sister married Amon Butler, Jr. and had a large family known by Amon�s will and a list that Cora Hiatt left us. The problem here is that there were lots of other Butlers in Baltimore and finding them is difficult. Cora only left us with fragments of the oldest daughter, Mary Ann Butler. In the spring of 2008, as I was indexing her book, I was finally able to trace through her listings and follow two remarkable lines down to present day. These families were so interesting I wrote an article titled �A few went East�, (found in this issue Moment with the Web Master) The other Butler children we know of today, were instances of a descendant finding our website. There has only been three of these hits. Little of this has been my doing, other than as the happy fisherman who finds a strong tug at the end of his pole.

Anytime I get a Butler, I bring in the help of Jane Ryan who has helped me all these years sort out Arthur�s lines. Jane�s husband Mike descends from Sarah, the oldest daughter of Arthur, Jr. who married Samuel Baxter, and went west to Ohio. It happens that some of Ruth�s lines went to the same area of Ohio, in particular Amon Butler, III. So the first contact in 2000 in the form of Steve Butler who traced back to Amon III via Samuel Butler who had married Nancy Baker in Muskingum Co., OH on July 16, 1835. Jane�s knowledge of these people was helpful in clarifying that Steve had the right Amon Butler. She had found that Richard Lane, deeded his son-in-law, Amon Butler, 80 acres of land in Muskingum Co. OH in 1812. In 1830 Amon and his wife Jemima would sell this land. Steve Butlerthen found that Amon III had married Jemima Lane on January 28, 1806 in Baltimore Co., MD. The happy upshot of all this was a list of Ruth�s grandchildren by Amon and Jemima who had joined in the thickly settled Muskingum County from Baltimore families. Seven years later John Rausch would join to this family through Amon III�s son, Absolum Butler who married Martha Baker. These two contacts have given us a strong start on Amon III, but Ruth had 9 children by Amon, Jr.�s will: 3 married daughters: Mary King, Sarah Davis and Elizabeth Davis, four sons: Amon III, Absolom, Samuel and Richard and 2 younger daughters, Harriet and Helen. Cora had mentioned a Jack Butler, but he is not in the will and if he existed at all, he must have died young. In September 2004 I had detailed the limited line of Sarah Davis, a gift from Doug Fisher who had contacted us in the spring of that year, in an article titled �Ruth Butler, daughter of Arthur�. It is worth mentioning given the monies cited in the will of Amon Jr., The Butler�s like most of Arthur�s lines were wealthier than the Virginia Chenoweths. One other lead was developed by an email from Lynn Dolski in 2004. Harriet, one of the younger daughters, married William Shields on December 23, 1811 in Baltimore Co. Two children are known, Absolom Butler Chenoweth Shields, who married Margaret Slater and Margaret Shields who married Francis Haines. Lynn�s information has a good start on some of the family of Absolom Shields.

So what we know today, is the line of one son, Amon III, the lines of Mary King, cited by Cora, and a single line of one Ruth Ann, daughter of Sarah and Harry Davis, who married Hezekiah Taylor and the start of the Shields line of Harriet. We do have the marriage: Elizabeth Butler married William Davis but not her children. So far we know nothing of Samuel, Absolom or Richard, nor what happened to Helen. Ruth�s family remains half shrouded in the mist of the past. But we have made some interesting progress and maybe one day more will come to light. In 1850, from the little we have 6 families from 4 of the 9 lines. Three are in Baltimore Co., MD and the other three west in Ohio and Illinois. We should have one other in Massachusetts, but the Stearns family is not found until 1870. By 1860 we have only been able to locate 8 families. Ruth�s family should be much bigger;


  1. MARY ANN4 BUTLER, b. Aft. 1774, Baltimore Co., MD; d. Unknown; m. (1) JOHN KING; b. Aft. 1764; d. Unknown; m. (2) JOSEPH CAMP; b. Aft. 1774.
  2. SARAH BUTLER, b. May 29, 1781, Baltimore Co., MD; m. HARRY DAVIS, April 05, 1798; b. Aft. 1764.
  3. ELIZABETH BUTLER, b. Aft. 1774, Baltimore Co., MD; m. (1) WILLIAM DAVIS, February 1797; b. Aft. 1764; m. (2) SAMUEL LANE, Private; b. Aft. 1764; d. Abt. 1818.
  4. AMON BUTLER III, b. Abt. 1781, Baltimore Co., MD; d. Aft. 1860, Illinois; m. JEMIMA LANE, January 28, 1806, Baltimore Co., MD; b. Aft. 1780.
  5. SAMUEL BUTLER, b. Aft. 1774, Baltimore Co., MD.
  6. RICHARD BUTLER, b. Aft. 1774, Baltimore Co., MD.
  7. ABSOLUM BUTLER, b. Aft. 1774, Baltimore Co., MD.
  8. HARRIET BUTLER, b. Abt. 1795, Baltimore Co., MD; m. WILLIAM SHIELDS, December 23, 1811, Baltimore Co., MD; b. Aft. 1785.
  9. HELEN BUTLER, b. Aft. 1774, Baltimore Co., MD.
  10. ? JACK BUTLER, b. Aft. 1774, Baltimore Co., MD.


(The following e-mail was received from a member of the family with regards to the reunion. Comments, articles, questions and other items for this newsletter are always appreciated. - editor)


My name is Lacie Randall. I just ran across your newsletter concerning some of the deaths within the Chenoweth family. I would like to thank you for the kind words about my grandfather. He meant a lot to me as well and I miss him very much!

Also I did notice that in our family line that there is some new information. Under my name it has me married to Ian Shastko. I am no longer married to Ian and am re-married to William Randall, II. I also have two more kids. One is Zachary Shastko and the other is Owen Randall.

Also my brother John Cox has a son. His name is also John Cox.

Thank you for keeping up this web site. It is very fun to look at!

16 December 2009
Lacie Randall


Just finished the latest Chenoweth newsletter. As usual a great job. Thank you.

I wanted to make a comment on the newsletter item about the genealogy gedcom file received going back to Adam and Eve and wasn�t sure you would want to include it in the comments in the next newsletter.

Way back when I first started this genealogy journey (1975) I would go to the local Mormon library for research. I noticed at that time many of the people in that church, working on their genealogy, either had recorded or wanted to get back to Charlemagne as their earliest ancestor. I have never found out why this particular fellow earned that position. Now that has evolved to Adam and Eve. I would be willing to bet the gedcom file received was from a member of that church. Since the bible says Adam and Eve were the first humans, that is OK, but the paper trail to the present has been written by many others and way beyond the time of the events, so is suspect as a source.

I suspect the members of the church are taking their source on faith and that is OK too if they want to do that. I would be satisfied getting all my family lines back, to immigrant ancestors to the US, with a paper trail of sources that does not need faith.

And blessings on both of you for helping me do this with the Chenoweth line.

17 December 2009
Alice Sanders

As you see Comments from the Clan is not edited and we are always willing to print family members views. � editor


I am writing to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas. In the newsletter you sent it was interesting to know that Cinda (Justice) found some new info. That is great. Are there any reunions in Ohio or Indiana? I would love to go to some that are close to where I live. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

18 December 2009
Elizabeth Simison Mullins

Unfortunately you found us too late as the 2008 reunion was held in Ft Wayne, IN. Surprising to me it was poorly attended. There is ample reason to hold a reunion in Ohio. In the 1850 to 1870 Censuses there are more descendants of the family in Ohio than any other state. But to hold a reunion somewhere you need two starting points: (1) an attraction and (2) someone who is willing to host it. Actually the later requirement is the hardest to find. This wonderful country of ours has ample attractions. Like always, it takes someone to do the work. Merry Christmas to you and yours as well. � Jon Egge


Hi Jon and thank you and Pete for a wonderful newsletter. I know that it takes �hours� to put everything together and getting use to new equipment does speed the task along.

I would like for you to just email me to advise when the newsletter is available with the web address to read it. This hopefully will save you time and I can enjoy the reading of the material.

19 December 2009
Mary K. George

Thank you for the kind words. You are now on the �blurb� list. � Jon Egge


Do we all go back directly to Crossland and Calvert that were parents of George, Lord Baltimore? Sorry, what you sent was abstract to me and as such could not figure out the answer, since I think �concretely�. The Crossland family developed where I live and parents do too, so interesting.

30 December 2009
Patrick (Unknown)

Well I guess being abstract works both ways. I am not going to be much help here as the Calverts are not my bailiwick. I can refer you to the several articles that Greg Wulker wrote for our newsletter. When you get back this far it is difficult to sort things out. J. Richard Buckey mentions Leonard Calvert and Alicia Crossland as parents of John Calvert as a possibility, but there is no proof and I deem it fairly unlikely [if you want something abstract, try to read Buckey�s book]. What I did research for you was the family of James Chenoweth, correcting the mistakes on his children as well as the correct name for his wife and the identity of her parents. At the time I started this, James was supposedly my ancestor, but that turned out wrong. All that is part of my research and my doing with the help of hundreds. Consider it a gift. � Jon Egge


Thank you for sending the newsletter. I noticed a line on page 4 about Ruth�s Poteet line going to Texas. I am from Ruth�s Peteet line and my family came to Miss. mid 19th century from Washington Co., GA, but I have never heard about any of Ruth�s line going to Texas. Could you please let me know who found this information? I would like to know more about the Peteets who went to Texas. Who wrote page 4 and where did the information come from. Thank you so very much. I live in Orlando but will be "h�me" �n Miss. for Christmas.

21 December 2009
Margaret Lynne Peteet

The first Peteets I knew about that came to Texas were the Applings of Caltha Clementine Peteet. They came to Texas in the 1850s. It was this discovery posted by Walter Wilson McMillan in a WFT CD that led me to understand that the Petit in the will of John Chenoweth was really Peteet. That was in 1998 and we have been adding in Ruth'� Georgia based descendants ever since. More recent I was working with Kate Alexandria Peteet in Texas. Simeon, one of the 3 sons of Richard, died in Upshur Co., TX on Apr 16, 1860. His widow Matilda Jones is found in the 1860 Census of Upshur Co. I had had a contact from Heather Stewart in 1999 in this line but it remained largely undeveloped until Kate helped fill in some blanks in our Census work. There is still a lot more work to be done. � Jon Egge.


I was told a story about a Chenoweth girl who either disappeared or was murdered by a possible serial killer in California. This story has been floating around so long it is accepted as fact at our house. However, we watched the movie Zodiac and had a discussion email with a couple of relatives and cannot confirm this.. Just curious.

1 February 2010
Mark Chenoweth

We know nothing of this item � editor


My name is Jeanie Allen and I live in Wesley Chapel, FL. I casually collect old Bibles and have one that may be of interest to someone in your family tree. It contains information on James Blaine Mesecher and Fannie Pearl Paine. Also on Gerald Eugene Mesecher and VaLora Jayne Mesecher and Lloyd. I believe at least some of these people are mentioned in your Family Tree. I would love to put this Bible into the hands of someone who could appreciate it. Can you help?

15 February 2010
Jeanie Allen

I have copied your email to a granddaughter of James Blaine Mesecher. � Jon Egge


I am in a hurry writing you this note, I hope this message doesn�t surprise you ? And it�s very urgent. I could barely think straight at this point. You are the only person I could reach at this moment, and I hope you will come to my assistance and need, because something very terrible is happening to me now, I need a favor from you and I will be glad if you can help me out, I had a trip to the UNITED KINGDOM on a mission. I am presently in Sheffield and I�m having some difficulties. I misplaced my bag on my way to the hotel where other valuable things were kept along with my INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT, unfortunately for me all my money got stolen and my cell phone if not I would have called my home. I feel so ashamed because I am so stranded and idle. Deeply in pains, I will be happy if you can help me with a loan of $1,800 to pay my hotel bills and also to return back home. I will refund the money to you as soon as I get back home and I don�t mind to pay you back in double. I have spoken to the Embassy here but they are not responding to the matter effectively, I�m currently having limited access to emails for now, I am so confused.

22 February 2010
forwarded by Jo Yeager

Well this is fairly scary. I have seen scam letters before, but in this one someone has created a false email address and used you as my friend to convince me that you need help and to send them money. A fairly sophisticated con. . .See Time at the Top in this issue - Jon Egge


Have you ever heard of any problems concerning identity theft that may have resulted from personal information that is shown on a sight [site] such as the Chenoweth sight [site]. We have recently had some family discussion about updating our information on the Chenoweth site and several have expressed concern over the identity theft problems that exist today and the need to limit information on the web. Would you comment on this?

28 February 2010
George Morgan

I have written about this on more than one occasion. No, I have never heard of anyone in my listings having identity theft problems base on the information presented at the site. � Jon Egge

The Constant Argument

Privacy Policy


Dear Joyce [Wiegand] I am a Chenoweth descendant of John2 and Rachel3. My ggrandmother was Sarah E. Seaton from Kentucky. She married my grandpas father Morris Ensminger and she also met and married Herman Weber, who became my grandpas� stepfather. Do you have any information on D.A.R. members based on these ancestors? I have also contacted the Seaton website. I am coming to the reunion in Dallas in July, hope to see you there.

1 March 2010
Katherine Wolf

I have passed on what information I could. It should be noted that at the reunion will be a round robin discussion �Genealogy 101� of which I will be participating from the stand point of organizational memberships, especially the D.A.R. � Joyce Weigand


Letter of the Year!


Enjoyed looking over your Chenoweth site and noted the corrections from the Hiatt genealogy regarding Thomas3 and Thomas4, descendents of Arthur2 and John1. This letter is regarding Ann Eliza Chenoweth, the eldest child and daughter of Thomas Chenoweth (1787-1846) and Deborah Buckman (1791-1826) and some of her descendants. Ann Eliza is mentioned in her father�s will of 1846 along with her stepmother, Elizabeth (Airey), and her siblings, Olivia (Oliver Buckman Chenoweth), Eveline, William, Thomas, Cecelia and Francis Marion. Oliver Buckman was one of Deborah Buckman�s brothers. He was born one year after her in 1791 and died at an early age about 1800. I believe that they were 2 of the 11 children of David Buckman and Esther White of Bucks Co., PA. Deborah probably named her oldest son for her closest brother.

Deborah married Thomas Chenoweth in Baltimore on April 18, 1811. Their children were Ann Eliza, born abt 1813, Oliver Buckman Chenoweth, born abt 1815, William, born Abt 1819, Thomas, born Abt. 1823 and Hiram, born Abt 1826. Deborah died also in 1826. Thomas then married Eliza Airey and they had several more children.

Ann Eliza Chenoweth married William Gessford on January 5, 1830 in Baltimore. William Gessford was born in England Abt. 1810 and according to family tradition arrived in Baltimore with his father, William, about 1820. William became a baker by trade. William and Eliza are listed in the 1850 census living in Baltimore with their children: Charles 19; Thomas 18; James 16; George 13; Elizabeth 11; Susana 9 and Mary 5. Charles Gessford, age 19, is also listed in his maternal uncle, Thomas Chenoweth�s household in the 1850 census. Thomas is listed as 27 years old and both he and Charles are listed as carpenters. Ann Eliza died May 8, 1853 in Baltimore and she is buried with her husband, William, who died October 16, 1891 in Washington, DC. They are both buried in Louden Park Cemetery on the outskirts of Baltimore.

In the 1850s, Charles and James Gessford both moved to Washington DC. They both worked in construction and building. Charles became a noted builder on Capitol Hill. There is even a historic back alley residential area, Gessford Court, on Capitol Hill which he built in the late 19th century. James started as a carpentry foreman, but right at the beginning of the Civil War became a Washington Police Officer. He eventually became a well known Police Lieutenant on the Washington Police force.

James married Margaret Kerr in Baltimore on March 26, 1854. They had 4 children: William T. Gessford, born September 25, 1856, a Navy veteran who died August 10, 1889 when he fell from a train going from Washington to Baltimore; Charles Franklin Gessford, an employee of the Pennsylvania Railroad; Emma Susannah �Susie� Gessford who married Levi Handry, Matthew Brady�s nephew who worked for Brady and became a noted Washington photographer in his own right; and Harry Lincoln Gessford, born January 1, 1861, who also had a career with the Washington DC Police force eventually becoming the head of that organization in the 1920s. Margaret died in September of 1863. On January 18, 1865, according to family tradition, James married her sister, Susan Kerr. They had an additional 7 children, James died November 5, 1902 and is buried with his 2 wives in Congressional Cemetery in Washington DC.

William T. Gessford married Ida Shepperson on September 21, 1883. Her family was from Richmond, VA and moved to Washington shortly after the Civil War. William and Ida had 3 children, 2 who survived into adulthood, all born in Baltimore, but raised in Washington after their father died in 1889. Their children were Nellie Gessford, born 1884; Virginia Gessford, born 1885; and James Gessford, born 1886. Ida married her second husband, Constantine Diamond, a Civil War Navy veteran on April 23, 1900. He only lived for 2 years dying in 1902. She had a long career at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, DC. She collected her second husband�s Civil War pension until she died on October 21, 1953. She is buried with her second husband, Constantine Diamond at Arlington National Cemetery. Her first husband, William Gessford is buried in his father�s plot at Congressional Cemetery.

My grandmother, Nellie Ethel Gessford, was born June 17, 1884. She married Charles Granville Burton on November 20, 1905 in Alexandria, VA. He became a noted Washington florist and landscape contractor. They had 6 children, five who survived to adulthood. Their children were: John, Charles, Ida who died at 4, William �Buddy�, Esther and Robert, my father, born July 18, 1922. My father served in the Eighth Air Force in World War II. Both he and his brother William were veterans of the Second World War. All of the brothers became well known in the Washington landscape contractor business from the 1930s till the 1990s. My Aunt Esther still lives in Houston, TX. My grandfather, Charles, died in 1936 and my grandmother, Nellie, died in 1967. Both are buried in Fort Lincoln Cemetery on the outskirts of Washington, DC.


Thanks for your site. Hope you concur with my early connections to the Chenoweths. I would also like to be able to use the information relating to each nuclear family in my direct line from your site if possible. Thanks again.

1 March 2010
Charles �Buck� Burton

I have not had such a startling letter in quite some time. Thank you so much for contacting me. As I have simply no information that would support this other than we do have the marriage listing of an unknown Ann Elizabeth Chenoweth to William Gessford on 2 Jan 1830, Blatimore, MD. I would very much like to understand the sources for your information There is much unknown about the families of Thomas Chenoweth. Elmer Haile developed the information Thomas, Jr had married twice, first to Deborah Buckman and second to Elizabeth Airy. There are indeed 7 children mentioned in his will along with his 2nd wife Elizabeth. The division of children as only been understood by their ages as found in the census. Ann Elizabeth was not found. Peter Chenoweth thought she was the Eliza Chenoweth who married Andrew Carter on July 4, 1847 in Baltimore. Again, I am immediately curious as to the source of your information about this family and the inclusion of a Hiram as a son�There is a Hiram listed with Catherine Airy Chenoweth in the 1850 Census, but as he is not in the will of Thomas, it has been thought that he was someone else. I now see Charles Gasford in the 1850 Census with Thomas. The detail I had previously had omitted him from the household listing. It is curious that Ann Elizabeth was not mentioned in the will of Thomas by her married name. We have long included a Priscilla Chenoweth as a possible daughter under the assumption that the Elizabeth Chenoweth found in the 1850 and 1860 Census of Baltimore with Priscilla was Elizabeth Airy�.Thank you for your most informative letter. I am interested in understanding this better. � Jon Egge [Post addition]: After my reply and reviewing the material, I have decided to correct our records on the Family of Thomas, Jr. to include this marriage for Ann Eliza and delete the inclusion of Priscilla which I now believe to be a mistake� JDE

Texas is a callin

July 21-25 this year will certainly be host to an occasion you won�t want to miss! Dallas, Texas - more specifically Mesquite, Texas will be the location of the 6th Biennial Chenoweth Family Reunion. If you haven�t before attended a Chenoweth Reunion planned by the Chenoweth Family Association, it�s a great opportunity to learn more about our family history, even if you don�t know where exactly you fit in, socialize with those members of your family that you might not have known existed and generally make new friends that will last a lifetime.

For only $103 plus the cost of your accommodations, you have the chance to mingle with family from across the United States, find out what they know about your family history, listen to the most recent family updates, and learn more about Genealogy. There will be celebrations and laughter, the meeting of minds and the co-mingling of history.

Be sure to register soon to take advantage of the early registration discount. All forms and more information can be found at forms for Dallas reunion registration

See you soon!


[Jon] By Jon Egge
Cottage Lake, Woodinville, WA
Descendant of Dr Henry S.5 Chenoweth of Chillicothe, OH

[Arthur Line] A few went East

I have a curiosity about Cora�s book. Since the underlying letters that form it are lost to us, understanding who sent information in becomes part of the �proof�. On page 92, Cora gives us a few strands on the family of Ruth Chenoweth Butler, the youngest daughter of Arthur, morsels to salivate over. So much of Ruth�s family is still lost to us today. She married Amon Butler, Jr. and had quite a large family. Cora only mentions 3 of what we now know, and one of these is suspect. The will of Amon, Jr. lists 9 children. The limited knowledge we have of Ruth�s family today comes from the son Amon and two of the daughters Harriet and Sarah. What we know of these three has come to me from descendant cousins and has not been a process of working things down. Butler is a much harder name to research than Chenoweth. And even these three leave out huge portions of their own families, Ruth�s grandchildren. Cora gave us Samuel, Mary Ann and Jack. We still know nothing yet of Samuel. Jack is not in the will of Amon, Jr., and one could only presume that Jack is some sort of a nickname or a bad recollection. What we have is Mary Ann, the presumed oldest daughter. So Cora�s source for the knowledge in her book for Ruth came from perhaps two or three letters from descendants of Mary Ann who married John King. King, like Butler is a vexing name to research. Today there are 7 times as many Butlers than Chenoweths. King is even larger, coming in 35th in the 2000 Census, 13 times larger that Butlers. For every Chenoweth in the United States today there are 93 Kings. From Cora Hiatt we have that Mary Ann�s King children were Amon, Louisa Mackins, Owen Solomon, and Harriet. The ones she extended were the two daughters, Louisa and Harriet.

A few weeks ago, on a walk with Deanna, she had to patiently listen to my musings on surnames. Many of the more common names in America today come from colors and occupations. There are Browns, Whites, Grays, Blacks and to a much less extent Blues. Large families, but not very colorful at that. Tops in any list are Smiths, Millers and Taylors. We started thinking of trades: Farmers, Cooks, Wrights, Bakers, Stewarts and Coopers. Deanna, laughing, added Kings. We missed Butlers. Ruth landed us right in the middle of this. I had made some progress with Harriett King who had married Alpheus Hyatt. Hyatt is a variant on Cora�s married name Hiatt. Today there are 5 Hiatts for every Hyatt. But Alpheus Hyatt is a name one can work with. They made it to the 1850 Census, found in the 19th ward of Baltimore City. And though I have not brought this family into the 20th century, we do have a Census start. This is another vexing thing about Ruth�s family. In the main, for the little we know today, they stayed in the large growing urban areas of the East Coast, lost in the sea of city life. Genealogy is far easier with the settlers of the West. I still have work to do with the Hyatts. At least one of her contacts was in the family of Ida Hyatt who married Aaron Ward, and her daughter Ida Ward who married Benton Decker. They are on my short list to �really look for� as I plow through Cora�s book from John to Thomas.

John Rausch, who signed-in last June and descends from Amon Butler, made me a gift of Amon Butler King. The long article described how he fought in the Texas War of Independence and was executed by Santana�s army in Refugio Co., TX on March 15, 1836. A genealogical dead end, but an interesting and colorful story. Cora�s source for the Kings, as I discerned was �Harry� Stearn�. It would have been easier if she gave us his right name, Harris B. Stearns. Cora said Louisa Mackin King married Bracket Stearn. Cora listed two children, Frances and William Brackett. According to the book �Watertown, Massachusetts Genealogies and History�, pub 1855, Bracket was Joshua Brackett Stearns and it appears that Francis was a son of a 2nd marriage by Joshua. In this account Louisa was married in Baltimore at the age of 14, had one son William and was divorced. I did finally find William with his wife Augusta Hyatt in the 1870 Census of Middlesex Co., MA of all places. Massachusetts! I had never thought to look at the Bay State. The clue that Cora left us was the Fitchburg Railroad. This might have taken some real research, but the internet led me to Wikipedia and the Fitchburg Railroad ran from Boston, through Fitchburg, to Saratoga, NY. William was cited by Cora as a long time president of the railroad. Another internet article found his name listed in the history of Charlestown, MA again correcting the name from Stearn to Stearns. Charlestown was in Middlesex Co. and in 1870, William B, RR president, was living with his wife Augusta and two children, �Henry� and Lucy, two of the children Cora cited. At last I had dates and places. This was interesting. Try though as I would, I could not locate the family again, but the 1870 census listing was a real fit. About an hour later I gave up with frustration pounding first Henry and then Harry into Ancestry search engines. In desperation I turned to Heritage Quest, where one has to be more exact, but one has more control. Finally in 1900, I found Harris B. Stearns and his wife Anna Bomis in Marblehead, Essex Co., MA. With them was William B. Stearns, the other child Cora named, brother to Harris and my needed confirmation. William was single and a yacht builder. Harris was a stockbroker and apparently wealthy with 3 servants. There was a daughter Anna Stearns, born December 07, 1895 as I was to find out.

Back to Google, I tried Harris B. Stearns and a fascinating story popped up. Anna Stearns, had never married, but her $100,000 donation to the Randolph Mountain Club in New Hampshire had preserved a story of her life. Anna graduated from Vassar College in 1918. The SSA tells us she died April 30, 1990 and her benevolence to the �RMC� tells us of her enthusiasm for hiking the ridges of Randolph Mountain. The Sterns family had started staying at the Ravine House near Randolph Mountain in the 1920s and Harris would build a large summer cottage there in the late 20s, completing it a few years later in 1931 and dying a few years later. Apparently Harris must have survived the stock market crash and it all went to Anna. This was the end of the line genealogically. �Anna spent May through October in Randolph and the rest of the year in an apartment on Beacon Hill;� and cared for her mother Anna until she died in the 1940s. I found the birth date for Harris of September 16, 1859 on an Ancestry passenger list of vacationers coming from Jamaica to New York in January 1925. This story would have never been brought back to us, without Harris Stearns sitting down one day and writing a few fragments to Cora in the 1920s.

What a world away all this is to the rest of the family that marched west and populated the nation. I have come to see there are different kinds of wealth. In genealogy, wealth might be defined by leaving a healthy, productive line. Family is its own kind of wealth. Thinking about this, though not a universal truth, often people who acquire great wealth in monies, have small families and often these children do not marry or have children. Wealthy urban lines have a propensity to die out more quickly than the struggling settlers that bloomed in the prairie. Instead of maybe fame, they have an abiding homage paid by many descendents who look back and marvel at the bounty they brought forth. To me, this is far better than having your name on a building, it is having your name in a living memory. Who is the richer, J.P. Morgan or Revolutionary John of Randolph Co. whose name is cherished by thousands of descendants? In a sense, genealogy is turning on a spotlight, in celebration of the true wealth that our ancestors gave us, the wealth of life.

HARRIS B. 'HARRY'7 STEARNS (WILLIAM BRACKET6, LOUISA MACKINS5 KING, MARY ANN4 BUTLER, RUTH3 CHENOWETH, ARTHUR2, JOHN1) was born September 16, 1859 in Massachusetts, and died Bet. 1931 - 1936. He married ANNA I. BOMIS. She was born March 1867 in Massachusetts.


  1. ANNA B.8 STEARNS, b. December 07, 1895, Massachusetts; d. April 30, 1990.

[John Line] The light comes on in Hardin County

For some time I have puzzled over a Census listing of Cinderella Hebel in the 1880 Census of Hardin Co., KY. She is listed as 8 years old with her mother Sarah who is an aunt to a female head of houshold �Frank� Adams and her son James. Cinderella Chenoweth, the youngest daughter of Isaac Calvert married Jacob Hebel on January 11, 1871 in Hardin Co., KY and had a daughter Sarah. There must be a connection here, but the name Adams meant nothing to me until, while working through the 1870 Census, I found this household. Though I had this Census listing for Cinderella, Pete, during his early research years, had not included the other household members. In looking at the Census, there is reason to believe that the Census taker mis-aligned the household number and it should really be the household of John McNeil as he is the person that appears to have the farm. Regardless, all these people fall into the family. John McNeil�s sister is Frances. Here she is married with a child James. John Young is a cousin, the son of Hester Chenoweth, Cinderella is their aunt.

1870: Hardin Co: Elizabethtown: page 306

  • Line 12: John H McNeil 29 KY farmer
  • Line 13: household 280 Jonas Adams 38 KY works on farm
  • Line 14: Frances Adams 30-KY keeps house
  • Line 15: James Adams 8KY
  • Line 16: Cinderella Chenoweth 34KY
  • Line 17: John Young 22KY works on farm
Ten years later �Frank� Adams is Frances widowed with her son James. The Census taker has reversed the names of Cinderella and her daughter Sarah. Cinderella is also widowed and living once more with her niece Frances.

1880 Census Place: Elizabethtown, Hardin, Kentucky Source: FHL Film 1254417 National Archives Film T9-0417 Page 250D
Relation Sex Marr Race Age Birthplace

  • Frank ADAMS Self F W W 36 KY Occ: Dressmaker Fa: KY Mo: KY (Frances McNeil)
  • James F. ADAMS Son M S W 16 KY Occ: Laborer Fa: IN Mo: KY
  • Sarah F. HEBEL Aunt F W W 45 KY Occ: Dressmaker Fa: KY Mo: KY (s/b Cinderella)
  • Cinderilla HEBEL Niece F S W 8 KY Fa: BAVARIA Mo: KY (s/b Sarah)

It is nice to find these folks at last. I wonder what happened to James Adams?

[Thomas] Correction for Samuel

The line of John Chenoweth, s/o Thomas, has always been a bit vaguer than other Thomas lines. On the surface it seems a bit surprising, as his very large family is well defined. But John, being the oldest son, falls into some of the �4th generation � lost in the tunnel problems� that we find with the older lines of the family. Little is known about his son Samuel. Cora did not have a marriage for him. The Harris book tells us that Samuel married a Priscilla Hitt in Shelby Co., KY and had one daughter Mary Ann who married Napoleon Koscialowski, a Polish immigrant. We had found them in the 1850 Census of Morgan Co. and Mary Ann widowed in the same location in 1860. Mary died in 1863. Harris listed 6 children, but finding what happened was a stonewall. In the preparation for the 2008 reunion, Bill Chinworth sent Joyce Wiegand a list of Harris book purchases since the Baltimore reunion. 4 of these listings rang alarms as I had no idea who they were. The first one I managed to reach was Marilyn Thomas in Texas. This was stunning! She was a descendant of Mary Ann Chenoweth Koscialowski. I was salivating. Apparently Harris got the marriage and children right for Mary Ann but Samuel�s marriage is wrong. He did not marry Priscilla Hitt. Priscilla was a half sister to Mary Ann. Samuel Hitt was not the father-in-law of Samuel, but the next husband of his widow, Sarah Wilmot, the daughter of Robert Wilmot of Maryland. This of course, now on reflection piques my interest, as Robert was an apparent sibling to my ancestor Hannah Wilmot who married James Moore, the parents of Rachel Ruxton Morre who married Thomas Chenoweth!

I have no idea how this got confused, but it appears right. Harris got the marriage wrong and the family right. Of the 6 children of Mary Ann, so well defined in the Harris book, it appears that Clara and Edward died young. Clara was never listed in a Census and Edward found in 1850 is not present in 1860. That leaves 4. The 1900 Census tells us that Sophia never married. She is living with her sister, Mary Leonora, the grandmother of Marilyn, in the 1900 Census of Jefferson Co., NE. Mary had married Thaddeus Williams in Sangamon Co., IL on December 20, 1870. In the 1870 Census, Mary Leonora and her sister Sophia are in Sangamon Co. apparent living with their aunt, Priscilla Hitt Williams. Though Thaddeus, the eventual husband of Mary, is a son of William Williams, and likely related to Warren Williams, the spouse of Priscilla. In 1880, the oldest son Paul, is a soldier living in Washington DC. His brother Paul, a printer in St Louis, MO, living with his sister Sophia. Mary and her new husband Thaddeus are not yet found.

Marilyn�s father was Warren Koscialowski Williams, 7 years old in the 1900 Census, Marilyn is 8th generation. This is a great find that has a promise of more as Mary Leonora had 6 living children in 1900. What happened to Paul and Phillip is unknown. There is one other interesting aspect to all this. Robert Wilmot, the father of Sarah who would marry Samuel Chenoweth, was in Bourbon Co., KY in the late 1790s. Could this be related to the Mary Chenoweth who married William Welch in Bourbon Co., KY on November 11, 1798. Harris has that this Mary is the daughter of my Thomas. But I have never understood why she would have been in Bourbon Co. But Robert Wilmot was her apparent great uncle. This, all of a sudden, is more promising.

SAMUEL4 CHENOWETH (JOHN3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born February 17, 1796 in Kentucky, and died Bef. March 01, 1830 in Bourbon Co., KY. He married SARAH WILMOT 1820 in Kentucky, daughter of ROBERT WILMOT and PRISCILLA DORSEY. She was born August 13, 1794, and died Unknown.


  1. MARY ANN D. 'POLLY ANN'5 CHENOWETH, b. December 12, 1821, Jessamine Co., KY; d. 1863.

MARY ANN D. 'POLLY ANN'5 CHENOWETH (SAMUEL4, JOHN3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born December 12, 1821 in Jessamine Co., KY, and died 1863. She married NAPOLEON KOSCIALOWSKI November 12, 1839 in Morgan Co., IL. He was born May 16, 1812 in Warsaw, POLAND, and died 1853.


  1. PAUL CASINGER6 KOSCIALOWSKI, b. August 22, 1840, Morgan Co., IL.
  2. CLARA POLONIA KOSCIALOWSKI, b. August 29, 1842, Morgan Co., IL.
  3. SOPHIA CARAH KOSCIALOWSKI, b. July 13, 1844, St Louis, MO.
  4. EDWARD MLODXIANOWSKI KOSCIALOWSKI, b. December 28, 1846, St Louis, MO.
  5. MARY LEONORA KOSCIALOWSKI, b. August 08, 1849, Morgan Co., IL; m. THADDEUS WILLIAMS, December 20, 1870, Sangamon Co., IL; b. January 1843, Kentucky.
  6. PHILIP LEON KOSCIALOWSKI, b. November 02, 1851, Morgan Co., IL.

[Hannah] Died enroute to Oregon

The database has many instances of early deaths, sometimes with the notation that they died on the trip West. Usually that is the end of the line, but every once in a while, someone finds us and the light breaks through. One of these is the case of Edward Trimble. I first entered his name from information sent by Kitt Carroll in 1998. Kitt was a descendant of William Carter�s daughter Ann that married William Trimble. William, one of the sons of Hannah Chenoweth had migrated to Washington Co., PA with his brother James Carter, Jr. (or James Carter III depending at how deeply you follow the Carter family). Like James, Jr., William was credited with service in the Revolutionary War but we know little about this Carter son as he died in 1789. Court proceedings give his wife as Eleanor and list 5 children. Today we only have the marriage of the daughter Ann. Because of Kitt, over the years we have be able to trace out the Trimble line, but all we had for Edward was that he died in 1846 enroute to Oregon and the name of his wife Abrilla Ross.

In January 2009 Amy Lyons Linn found me. Edward apparently had a family. In the 1850 Census Abrilla is remarried to Thomas Powell and living in Marion Co., OR with 4 Trimble children. In the next Census one of the daughters, Martha Jane Trimble is married to Joseph Morton Pomeroy and living in the Salem area. Within a dozen or so houses are living the Moores of Virginia, Lafayette Lamon and her sister Ella, both daughters of Ruth Ann Chenoweth. Ruth Ann was born in Berkeley to James Chenoweth and Rebecca Bruce. This was the last of the line of the Chenoweth name from the Virginia Chenoweths to leave the �Old Fredrick Co., VA area�. Ruth Ann�s brother, James Bruce Chenoweth, had settled in Bureau Co., IL. The Chenoweth name in Virginia fell to the later immigrants of Arthur�s family, John and Samuel. Ruth Ann and her Lamons had settled in Vermilion Co., IL. These near encounters between distant family members always interest me. Virginia and Ella were 5th generation. The Trimble children were 6th. Edward would be Virginia and Ella�s 3rd cousin, with too much time between to have any ability to recognize each other as distant kin.

Edward Trimble had settled in Iowa and died according to Amy in Des Moines, NE. The Trimble family was enroute and the widowed Abrilla continued with her children while pregnant. Six months after Edward�s untimely demise, Mary Elenor Trimble was born in Oregon Territory. This was Amy�s great great grandmother. It is a testament to the fortitude of these early settlers, that they indeed braved the elements and unknown to stretch across the country and endure the rigors of the desert plains and vaulted Rockies. Genealogists become adept at drilling down, but often success has to wait for the descendant line to reach up.

Mary�s older sister Martha Jane�s marriage is interesting from another aspect. They would soon move to Walla Walla and later her husband James would be credited with the founding of the small town of Pomeroy, WA. This area was highlighted in an earlier story, depicting other Chenoweth branches that settled in the Palouse area of Southwest Washington in October 2004 titles �3 roads to Pomeroy�. It is apparent that there were more roads than I knew at the time, this one being maybe the first. To get here, I had to be assisted twice, first by Kitt and now, over a decade later by Amy.

There was one more surprise for me. Martha Jane�s daughter, Alva Eleanor Pomeroy married Peter W. McClung and their son Ray McClung, born in Pomeroy married Marjory Lyons. They were 2nd cousins. Marjory�s mother was Maude Adams the daughter of Mary Elenor Trimble, Martha Jane�s sister. This became the 268th cousin marriage I had found. 104 of them were some form of 2nd cousin, the most common in my file.

EDWARD5 TRIMBLE (ANN 'NANCY'4 CARTER, WILLIAM3, HANNAH2 CHENOWETH, JOHN1) was born 1816 in Knox Co., OH, and died June 18, 1846 in enroute to Oregon, Omaha, Douglas Co., NE. He married ABRILLA ROSS June 11, 1834 in Cook Co., IL. She was born January 02, 1816 in Madison Co., Ohio, and died March 11, 1893 in Halsey, Linn Co., OR.


  1. WILLIAM FRANKLIN6 TRIMBLE, b. Abt. 1839, Iowa.
  2. MARTHA JANE TRIMBLE, b. March 03, 1842, Iowa; d. 1919, Washington; m. (1) JOSEPH MORTON POMEROY; b. Abt. 1830, Ohio; d. July 28, 1879, Pomeroy, Garfield Co., WA; m. (2) HARRY ST GEORGE, Private; b. Abt. 1850, New York.
  3. ANGUS HANK TRIMBLE, b. May 26, 1844, Iowa; d. December 09, 1920, Lewiston, Nez Perce Co., OR.
  4. MARY ELENOR TRIMBLE, b. December 25, 1846, Oregon City, Clackamas Co., OR; d. October 30, 1935, San Diego, San Diego Co., CA; m. WILLIAM POTNEY ADAMS; b. February 03, 1832, Troy, Richland Co., OH; d. February 19, 1902, San Diego, San Diego Co., CA.

[Richard] The Newsletter finds the Tennessee Grays

One of my objects in inserting articles on new discoveries is to see if they will generate additional information. Last March, Sharon Gray contacted me after reading the June 2007 article on Agnes Chinouth Gray who went to Oregon. Sharon�s husband descends from the marriage of Ruth Ann Chinouth to George W. Grey. Ruth Ann was the younger sister of Agnes and it turns out that George was a first cousin once removed to Robert Doke Grey. Sharon was able to furnish information on the Grays who had remained to this day in Washington Co., TN as well as explain who these Grays were.

Sharon has been attempting to carry these Grey lines back across the pond, even going so far as to use DNA sampling. The result of this has been to dis-establish that this Gray line is the same as that of Alexander Gray, one of the most commonly cited progenitors of Scottish Grays in America. Sharon was interested in the early record passed in the family of Agnes. These turned out to put the line as part of the family of the aforementioned Alexander which Sharon�s DNA sample has disproved. It would be beneficial at this point to get a sample from the Oregon Grays. Ruth Ann and her husband George were 2nd cousins in the Haile family, a spousal line that had many ties to the Tennessee Chenoweths.

In the 1870 Census the adjoining dwellings George and Ruth Ann and their newly married son Looney are next to the homes of Richard Chinouth and his cousin Ezekiel. Richard was Ruth Ann�s brother. Thank you Sharon.

RUTH ANN5 CHENOWETH (NICHOLAS4, JOHN3, RICHARD2, JOHN1) was born December 15, 1819 in Washington Co., TN, and died Bef. 1880. She married GEORGE W. GRAY February 06, 1840 in Washington Co., TN, son of JAMES GRAY and POLLY BRIGHT. He was born Abt. 1811 in Washington Co., TN, and died January 1886.


  1. WILLIAM R.6 GRAY, b. December 01, 1840, Washington Co., TN.
  2. NELSON A. GRAY, b. February 17, 1843, Washington Co., TN; d. June 18, 1921; m. ELIZABETH PENNYBAKER, October 07, 1881; b. August 1862, Tennessee; d. 1937.
  3. MARY A. GRAY, b. 1846, Washington Co., TN; m. GEORGE W. HODGES, October 06, 1878, Washington Co., TN; b. Abt. 1859, Tennessee.
  4. LOONEY G. GRAY, b. 1849, Washington Co., TN; m. (1) MARGARET E. JONES, June 12, 1869, Washington Co., TN; b. Abt. 1854, Tennessee; m. (2) MARY M. GOTT, January 13, 1881, Tennessee; b. August 1857, Tennessee.

[William] Elva Wilson found

On page 78 of Cora�s book, the family of Thomas Chenoweth of Clark Co., OH and his wife Elizabeth Watson is described in the wrong place. The submitter of the information was a Miss Elva Wilson of South Charleston, OH. I recently found her in the 1910 Census living with her parents, Timothy and Nancy Wilson in Harmony Township.

She was a schoolteacher. Her full name would be Sarah Elva Wilson. Her mother, Nancy Smith, was the daughter of Charles G. Smith and Nancy Chenoweth. I had always wondered who she was. It is one of those maddening things to me that people often make submittals without properly identifying themselves, and often the connection becomes a mystery in time.


In this issue we ask you to take a look at information that we have gathered from the 1930 Census with regards to Chenoweths. These are individuals that we have been unable to identify. As always with this column any help in identifying these individuals would be greatly appreciated. [Alabama-Illinois]...

  • Alabama
    • Gadsden, Etowah Co.
      • Chenoweth, Hugh 38-WV (manager auto service station) married 9yrs � WWI Vet
        • Marie 28-WV
        • Marie 2 8/12-TN
  • California
    • Oakland, Alameda Co.
      • Chenoweth, Minnie 44-NE (married 23yrs) parents born in Indiana
    • Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co.
      • Chenoweth, Dorothy 38-TX (divorced) housekeeper/evangelist
      • Chenoweth, E.R. 69-IL (single) parents born: OH & IN
      • Chenoweth, John 53-CA (laborer � dairy farm) married 7years (parents born: England)
        • Eunice 61-IL (married more than once � 1st married at age 21)
    • Maywood, Los Angeles Co.
      • Chenoweth, John 60-IN (single) watchman � metal mills
        • Mary 45-IN (single) sister
    • Coronado, San Diego Co.
      • Chenoweth, Hermana T. 76-Norway (widow)
    • San Diego, San Diego Co.
      • Chenaworth, Loreen 54-IN (married 36yrs) cook � country club
    • San Francisco, San Francisco Co.
      • Chenoweth, Clara 47-IN (single) saleswoman � retail (parents born: VA & OH)
      • Chenoweth, Ermine 21-CA (single) student nurse � St Luke�s Hosp (parents born: FL & CA)
  • Colorado
    • Denver, Denver Co.
      • Chenoweth, Edna 46-SD (married 28yrs) servant � private family (parents born: PA & PA)
    • Canon City, Fremont Co.
      • Chenoweth, (not listed) 35-TX (married 2yrs) guard � penitentiary (WWI Vet)
    • Pueblo, Pueblo Co.
      • Chenoweth, E.B. 60-MO (married) inmate � CO State Hosp for Insane
  • Washington, DC
    • Chenoweth, John 15-DC inmate � Industrial Home School
      • Louise 54-MD (widow) � pantry work � hotels (parents born: Germany & France)
  • Florida
    • Jacksonville, Duval Co.
      • Chenoweth, Anne 52-England (widow) assistant-Doctor
  • Georgia
    • Atlanta, Fulton Co.
      • Chenoweth, Betty O. 42-TX (married 26yrs) designer (dressmaking shop) parents born: AL & VA
  • Idaho
    • Nez Perce, Giffort Co.
      • Chenoweth, S.L. 51-MO (married 28yrs) farmer (parents born: WV & WV)
        • Willie C. 49-VA
        • Blanche L. 13-ID
  • Illinois
    • Chicago, Cook Co.
      • Chenoweth, Blanch A. 60-TN (widow - married at age 15) housekeeper � rooming house (parents born: CT & OH)
      • Chenoweth, Mabel 57-OH (single) ice cream parlor & notions
      • Chenoweth, Thirza 74-OH (widow) mother-in-law to Henry C. Henricksen
    • Decatur, Macon Co.
      • Chenowith, Bernice 32-IL (single) cashier � caf� & maid � private family
      • Peoria, Peoria Co.
        • Chenoweth, Ellen May 11-IL (step-daughter to George Jensen)

21-25 JULY 2010

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